We all know people who refuse to drink the tap water in New Orleans. Are they right? “I want to see where it ends,” said a friend from Minnesota, a curious excitement in her blue eyes. We were walking towards Crescent Park so that she could see the end of the 2,320 mile-long Mississippi River. Missisipi […]
A Deeper Dumpster Dive Last month, while looking into waste and recycling in New Orleans, multiple friends and bedfellows alike told me the same thing – the city trashes its recycling. They each claimed, with high degrees of certainty, that they had seen city garbage trucks picking up residents’ recycling bins and throwing them into […]
The New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board has its fair share of troubles. An eroded, distrustful relationship with the people of the city, ongoing budget problems, and a contentious partnership with the Civil Service Department are just a few challenges facing the utility. But while S&WB’s new executive director Ghassan Korban is committed to fixing […]
Tropical Storm Barry is an uncomfortable and unwelcome reminder that we’re in the middle of hurricane season. So, now is as good a time as any to go over some reminders about the best places to get information when a tropical storm or hurricane is approaching the area. While most TV and radio weather forecasts […]
New Orleans has set ambitious goals for minimizing litter and diverting half of all waste from landfills by 2030. But is this possible for New Orleans to achieve?
Katrina. The name itself still has power. The mention of this storm brings back a complex slew of memories—both horrific and transformative. Because of this, we as a city have a unique, ingrained respect for the power of hurricanes. So sit down—with global temperature increases, hurricanes will be getting worse, much worse.
Joe Boals updates us on New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board issues regarding poor services, mismanagement, and over-billing.
The Mississippi has a 200-year delta cycle, slowly slithering from the Atchafalaya to her current mouth while depositing sediment at the various subdeltas in between. However, the natural freedom of the river had dire consequences for its nearby human inhabitants. The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 caused the federal government to respond by contracting the Army Corps of Engineers to build dams and levee systems that constrained the Mississippi to its current location and consequently put an end to the river’s natural cycle.
The beginnings of serious climate-change related population displacement are being felt all over much of the coastal-dwelling world. When one considers our own backyard, the Gulf of Mexico, and by extension, the Caribbean Islands further south, there are even more signs of coming change.
In June of 2016, Entergy closed its steam electric Michoud plant at 12550 Old Gentilly Road, after being in commercial production since 1957. Entergy decided they wanted to build another plant in the same place, using the same resources. In a world that’s turning towards wind and solar, Entergy decided to go with natural gas.
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