General

Content tagged with general will appear on the About LDWF Page.

State Officials Advise Public to Stay Off of Levees, Remain Safe During Flood Conditions

Release Date: 05/09/2011

May 9, 2011 - As area spillways are opened in an effort to relieve pressure on levee systems, state officials today cautioned residents that state law prohibits driving on levees and parking on shoulders of roadways. In addition to motorists exposing themselves to hazardous conditions from rising water levels, vehicles driven on top of levees can cause damage to levee infrastructures and obstruct official vehicles.

Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Sherri H. LeBas warns, "By driving on our levees, citizens are undermining the stability of our levee system and interfering with flood prevention work.  Additionally, given the height and speed of the water, it is extremely dangerous to be so close to the river."

Louisiana State Police along with Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will be patrolling affected areas throughout the state for potentially dangerous situations and motorists and/or boaters creating a hazard.

LDWF Lt. Col. Jeff Mayne states, "As the rivers continue to rise and flood waters are expected in certain areas we urge everyone to put safety first, high river levels and flood waters can be extremely dangerous, please exercise extreme caution."

If members of the public observe unsafe drivers or situations, they are urged to call *LSP (*577) and report this activity to the nearest State Police office. For information on road construction or detours, please use the motorist information system and dial "511" or visit www.lsp.org

 

Motorists are reminded to follow the following safety guidelines when encountering flooded roadways:

Do not drive through flooded areas. If you come across a flooded road, turn around and find another route to your destination. Do not drive around barricades.

Do not try to cross flooded roads where the water appears to be shallow.

Water hides dips in the road. Worse yet, there may be no road at all under the water.

If your car stalls, abandon it and climb to higher ground. Wait for the waters to subside.

One foot of water will float many vehicles.

Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger vehicles, causing drivers to lose control of the car or possible stalling.

Two feet of rushing water can sweep away most vehicles, including pick-up trucks and SUVs.

Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

 

With the potential of floodwaters affecting residential communities, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals offers the following safety guidelines:

There is always the possibility that flooding will cause sewage treatment systems (both community and residential) to fail, contaminating the floodwaters and exposing people to disease-causing bacteria.

Wading in the water could pose a health risk if it enters the body through an exposed wound.

If you have been in contact with floodwaters, showering with soap and water is sufficient.  There is no risk for hepatitis A, typhoid or cholera.

Be on the lookout for dangerous wildlife in the floodwaters such as snakes, rats, alligators or any frightened animal. If you see wild animals, stay away.

Do not drink or ingest floodwater because it may contain disease-causing bacteria or viruses.

If you live in an area that has experienced recent flooding and your private water well has lost power or been contaminated by floodwater, boil the water before drinking it.

Assume everything touched by floodwater is contaminated with bacteria and will have to be disinfected.  People are advised to wash their hands frequently during cleanup and always wear rubber gloves.

 

LDWF personnel will be available to respond to situations involving wildlife species that move into populated areas or become stranded by high water.

For assistance with the removal of black bears that may be forced into populated areas by flood waters, call 1-800-442-2511 toll free.

For assistance with any other wildlife issues, within the Mississippi Alluvial Valley flood plain, call one of the following LDWF Field Offices: Monroe, ph. 318-343-4044; Opelousas, ph. 337-948-0255; Pineville, ph. 318-487-5885; Hammond, ph. 985-543-4777; and New Iberia, ph. 337-373-0032. The public is directed not to feed stranded wildlife and avoid disturbance of wildlife displaced by flood waters.

LDWF Secretary Barham Asks U.S. Commerce Secretary to Declare a Commercial Fisheries Failure in Louisiana and SBA Administrator Mills to Activate Federal Disaster Declaration in Anticipation of Opening Bonnet Carré Spillway

Release Date: 05/09/2011

 

 

May 9, 2011 – On Friday, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke asking for swift application of a commercial fisheries failure declaration in anticipation of the opening of the Bonnet Carré Spillway in response to rising waters in the Mississippi River. The letter, sent May 6, 2011, also requested support from the Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) for commercial and recreational fishing, and associated businesses. The proactive declaration and support would provide financial assistance to individual business owners in areas that may be impacted, and assistance for the restoration of recreational and commercial fisheries.

Secretary Barham also sent a letter Friday to U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Karen Mills requesting the activation of all appropriate federal disaster declaration clauses that would enable the SBA to assist the small businesses in the state that may be impacted by the scheduled opening of the Bonnet Carré Spillway and the possible opening of the Morganza Spillway. In particular, Secretary Barham also asked that Administrator Mills consider temporarily suspending loan repayments for coastal businesses that may be impacted by flood waters that currently have SBA disaster and economic injury loans as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, and hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike and Gustav.

The full texts of the letters are below:

The Honorable Gary Locke
Secretary of Commerce
U.S. Department of Commerce
14th and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20230

Dear Mr. Secretary:

As rising waters in the Mississippi River approach communities along the river’s banks, our state prepares for flood conditions in the lower Mississippi River that will accompany a scheduled opening of the Bonnet Carré Spillway. I am writing to you now to request that you activate the necessary federal disaster declaration clauses in the Magnunson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, as well as the applicable clauses that shall prompt support from the Economic Development Administration (EDA). These actions would result in the declaration of a commercial fisheries failure for Louisiana and make available the crucial support our communities and our fisheries industry will need to recover.

The last six years have presented immense challenges to Louisiana’s coastal fisheries and the communities that are supported by them. From 2005 through 2010, we experienced hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike, and, in 2010, the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Last year’s oil spill not only negated so much of the progress our fisheries were able to make in recovery from the previous four major hurricanes, but it decimated much of the market for our seafood around the globe. With fisheries like Louisiana oysters seeing a 55.9 percent reduction in production from 2009 to 2010, it is evident that the commercial fisheries industries and the residents in Louisiana who depend upon them have major challenges to overcome. These same communities will now face flood waters of record proportions; it is crucial that we proactively make assistance programs available.

In addition to the commercial and recreational fisheries industries, which are responsible for generating approximately $3 billion in Louisiana annually, our maritime and energy industries are also major economic drivers in Louisiana. Each of these industries plays a vital role not only in the Gulf Coast economy, but in the nation’s economic picture.

The application of a federal fisheries disaster, fisheries disaster assistance and the financial support of the EDA will help to get our small businesses, families and their communities back on their feet as quickly as possible. EDA assistance means that associated business like the bait and tackle shops, restaurants, fisheries processors and marinas along the coast will have access to assistance that can get them back to contributing to the overall economic success of the Gulf Coast.

We look forward to a swift response from your office and the rapid application of appropriate federal disaster declarations so that we may assure residents throughout Louisiana and along our coast that as the flood waters recede, we may begin work to restore our fisheries, our coastal businesses and the communities dependent upon their success.

Sincerely,

Robert Barham
Secretary
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

___________________________________________________________

The Honorable Karen G. Mills
Administrator Small Business Administration
US Small Business Administration
409 3rd Street, SW
Washington, DC 20416

Dear Administrator Mills:

As rising waters move down the Mississippi River towards our communities and business, I am writing to ask that you begin the necessary step of activating all relevant federal disaster declaration clauses that would allow the Small Business Administration (SBA) to assist our residents, our businesses and our coastal communities. In particular, we would like to request that the SBA suspend temporarily any loan repayments for coastal businesses that are impacted by the impending flood waters and those who have disaster and economic injury loans related to hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike, and the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

By proactively addressing these concerns and committing the SBA’s assistance, you will not only allow small businesses in the maritime and fisheries industries some assurances of options for recovery after the flood waters recede, but you will allow them access to economic recovery options in the days that will follow the openings of the Bonnet Carré and Morganza spillways.

Along Louisiana’s coast, the two primary industries that not only allow our communities to thrive, but allow the Gulf Coast to maintain relevance in the national economy, are the fisheries industry, both recreational and commercial, and oil and gas. Thousands of workers are employed across these two primary industries, not only directly through fishermen, processors and on the Gulf’s oil rigs, but indirectly through the coastal businesses that support them.  

There will be both immediate and long-term impacts associated with flood waters throughout coastal Louisiana and the state respectfully requests that the SBA step forward now to support these small businesses.

Sincerely,

Robert Barham
Secretary
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

 

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For more information contact Olivia Watkins at owatkins@wlf.la.gov or at (225) 610-8660.

 

LDWF Officials Remind Public, Commercial Fisheries Remain Open

Release Date: 05/08/2011

 

Officials urge commercial and recreational fishermen to follow all public safety advisories.

May 8, 2011 - In anticipation of the opening of the Bonnet Carre and Morganza spillways, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) officials reaffirm that commercial fisheries with active seasons will remain open. Officials also remind commercial and recreational fishermen, and boaters to follow all safety guidance from the US Coast Guard, LDWF enforcement officers and the Louisiana State Police. 

Currently, there is a special shrimp season open in Vermilion Bay and details may be found here. Officials have also authorized the start of the spring shrimp season in stages across the Louisiana coast. Details on the season, which shall open in some areas on May 13, 2011, may be found here.  The oyster season on public seed grounds remains closed. 

High water levels in the Mississippi River have warranted boating advisories from officials throughout Louisiana. LDWF enforcement agents are patrolling high water areas to ensure traffic and wakes do not impact houses or camps where ever possible.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information contact Olivia Watkins at owatkins@wlf.la.gov or at (225) 610-8660.

 

Littering Enforcement

The state's "Litterbug Hotline" is now housed inside the LDWF Enforcement Division and littering tipsters can call 1-888-LITRBUG or 1-888-548-7284 to report any potential littering violations including dumpsites and littering in public.

The LDWF Enforcement Division is the leading litter enforcement agency in the state. LDWF Enforcement Division agents issued 914 littering citations in 2011.

Visit the Keep Louisiana Beautiful Website for more littering information.

Littering Penalties

Those convicted of litter violations face between $175 and $1,000 in fines and up to eight hours in a litter abatement work program.  Dumping violations can carry even more penalties and higher fines depending on the severity of the dumpsite and the damage to the environment.

  • Simple littering can be trash flying out the back of a pickup truck and carries up to  $175 fines and court costs. 
  • Intentional littering can be someone deliberately throwing trash out of a window onto the roadway and brings up to a $250 fine. 
  • Gross littering can be someone depositing large amounts of trash into a ditch or having an illegal dumpsite and carries $500 to $1,000 in fines. 
  • Each offense also carries up to eight hours in a litter abatement work program.

Littering Stats

  • Litter costs Louisiana taxpayers $40 million annually.
  • Litter takes time to biodegrade/break down. An orange peel takes six months, a plastic bag takes 10 - 20 years and paper 2 - 5 months.
  • Cigarette butts are dangerous to wildlife and have been found in the stomachs of cats, dogs, birds and squirrels.
  • The four most common litter items in Louisiana are cigarettes, fast-food packaging and candy/snack packaging and beverage containers.
  •  Litter is a health risk to you and your pet as it attracts rodents, vermin and germs.
  • Louisiana taxpayers pick up the bill to collect and dispose of litter, to enforce litter laws, to adjudicate litter violations, and to conduct anti-litter public information and education programs.
  • Litter has indirect economic cost including real estate devaluation, loss of new industry and business, and loss of tourism and ecotourism, especially in the state that lays claim to being “Sportsman’s Paradise.”

What Citizens Can Do To Help

  • Clean out truck beds and refrain from throwing cigarette butts or other trash out of the car or watercraft.
  • Carry a litterbag in your car or boat.
  • Securely cover trash containers to prevent animals from spreading litter.
  • If citizens witness littering or illegal dumping violations, they are urged to call the state's anti-litter hotline at 1-888-LIT-R-BUG (1-888-548-7284).

Workshops, Events, Funding, Awards, Information, & Job Announcement

WORKSHOPS

LUMCON's Gulf Lagniappe Adult Education Workshop - MAY 2011
LUMCON’s Gulf Lagniappe adult education workshop series continues in May with two more exciting 1-day workshops:
          • Climate Change (May 14, 2011) featuring Dr. Brian Roberts. Participants will learn common terminology used in media, impacts a changing climate has on the ocean and our coast, and much more.
          • Salt Marsh Geology & Ecology (May 21, 2011) featuring Dr. Alex Kolker. Participants of this workshop will learn first-hand about Louisiana’s dynamic and unique coastal salt marshes.
Both workshops will be held at the DeFelice Marine Center in Cocodrie, LA. Workshops include a presentation by a LUMCON scientist, a tour of the marine center, a trip aboard the R/V Acadiana, lab activities, and lunch in the LUMCON cafeteria. Workshops are open to any person 18 years or older. Cost is $10/person. Pre-registration is highly recommended and appreciated. If you want to learn more or would like to register please contact either Murt Conover at (985) 851-2860 / mconover@lumcon.edu  or Holly Hebert (985) 851-2842 /  hhebert@lumcon.edu

American Wilderness Leadership School (Deadline: May 15)
The LA chapter of SCI will again be sending a teacher to the American Wilderness Leadership School in Jackson Hole, WY. The successful winner will receive a full scholarship covering the tuition and will be reimbursed $300 for the travel cost to Jackson Hole. All educators are eligible and they may learn more about the school by visiting www.SafariClub.org and clicking on Foundation and then on AWLS where they can download an application. All applicants must submit a 300 word essay. Applicants must also select the session or sessions that best fit their schedules. The Louisiana SCI Chapter has sent over 75 teachers to AWLS over the past several years and is a supporter of this beautiful facility nestled in the mountains. Each year over 200 teachers from around the country attend this school and the reviews received from attendees reflect their pleasure of the experience. The curriculum runs from first light to past dark most days with a mix of classroom and outdoor activities. Applications are due May 15th to: SCI Foundation, 108 Isle of Cuba Road, Schriever, LA 70395. For more information: call Ron or Jackie at 985-446-5460

5-Day Summer Workshop for AP*, Pre-AP* or General Biology or Environmental Science teachers:
          Ecology                  June 20-24          Asheville, NC          $490
          Genetics                June 27-July 1    Asheville, NC          $490
          Cell Biology           July 4-8                Asheville, NC          $490
          Anat & Physio       July 11-15            Asheville, NC          $490
Each week-long intensive includes lesson plans for an entire unit of student-centered activities to promote the use of critical thinking skills on a daily basis. 10% discount if enrolling for more than one workshop, or already own a full-year curriculum license. Click the blue links or the website below to get a detailed agenda of each 5-Day Summer Workshop, to download an application or for more information on travel, accommodations or CEU credit: http://www.catalystlearningcurricula.com. Contact Kristen Dotti at (828) 687-0807 or Kristen.Dotti@CatalystLearningCurricula.com with any questions regarding the 5-Day Summer Workshops or to reserve your space while your paperwork is processed.

CRUISE – Seeking a teacher from the Gulf Coast
Participate in a research cruise that will collect data regarding the Hypoxic Zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Cruise will depart July 30 and return August 19, 2011, from Gulfport, MS. The research grant will pay the teacher participant a stipend and travel costs. If you are interested, please email with your 1) name, 2) email, 3) school name and address 4) student age, 5) subject taught to Jessica Kastler, Jessica.Kastler@usm.edu or call (228) 872-4269 for more information.

CONFERENCES, EVENTS

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana to host 16th Annual Coastal Stewardship Awards (May 6)
CRCL’s annual Stewardship Awards Banquet is a great way to support our coast by honoring those individuals and organizations that have made a significant contribution to the restoration and protection of coastal Louisiana. Registered guests are invited to join us for a cocktail reception at 6:00 pm followed by dinner at 7:00 pm with this year’s keynote speech from Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne. Winners of this year’s awards include Lifetime Achievement winner Sherwood “Woody” Gagliano and Coastal Stewardship Award winners Mel Landry, Pam Blanchard, Mark Shirley, the “LCA Six” Team, Ashley Mullens and Marietta Herr. The banquet will be held on Friday, May 6th at the Baton Rouge Hilton Capitol Center. This is a great opportunity to honor our outstanding coastal stewards, catch up with old friends, make new ones or simply learn more about restoring our coast. Tickets are $50 per person. Limited space still available – make reservations now by phone at 225.767.4181 or online at www.crcl.org.

2011 National Conference on Volunteering and Service
Did you know that the world’s premier conference for nonprofit, government, and corporate organizations is coming to New Orleans this summer? The 2011 National Conference will be held in New Orleans June 6–8, 2011. Convened by Points of Light Institute and the Corporation for National and Community Service, the annual event provides attendees with an opportunity to learn, connect and be inspired through a wide range of exciting and informative plenary sessions, workshops, special events, service projects, exhibits, specialized corporate tracks and more. If you or your organization works with volunteers in any capacity, this is an event you do not want to miss. For a dynamic, meaningful, learning experience, the National Conference on Volunteering and Service offers multiple types of sessions. More than 150 workshops, 11 immersion learning sessions and 7 forums will be offered at the conference, in focus areas ranging from Disaster to Youth Leadership. Check out all that the conference has to offer here. Conference attendees will also be participating in service projects across the city.
Register online at http://www.volunteeringandservice.org/register.cfm. Onsite registration will be available at the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Convention Center beginning Saturday, June 4.

Visiting Galveston this summer? Check out Artist Boat's Canoe Trip Schedule and Enjoy a Tour of the Coastal Marshes
Artist Boat is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and preservation of the coastal margins and the marine environment through the disciplines of the sciences and the arts. Attached is a summer calendar filled with trips for June-August 2011. Sign up for your trip of choice as soon as possible. Great for family vacations, small groups of friends or day-cations! To register, contact the Artist Boat at (409) 770-0722 or e-mail at info@artistboat.org or visit www.artistboat.org. $50 per person (all equipment included); $25 per person (when own equipment is brought)

The Sally Ride Science Festival at LSU will be on September 24, 2011!
Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA – 11:00 am to 4:15 pm. Early Registration Discount: Register by June 15 for only $15!
Presented by ExxonMobil, the Sally Ride Science Festival includes:
          • An inspiring talk by a featured speaker
          • Discovery workshops for girls, which may be given by local veterinarians, astronomers, microbiologists and more
          • Workshops for parents and teachers on ways to support girls' interests in science
          • A street fair with booths, hands-on activities, food, and music
While our festivals are primarily focused on encouraging 5th-8th grade girls to pursue their interests in science, everyone is welcome to attend! Don’t miss out—advanced registration required! Sign up now at http://www.sallyridefestivals.com or call us at 1.800.561.5161. After June 15th, registration fee is $20.

ASBPA's 2011 National Coastal Conference: "Expanding Coastal Horizons"
The American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) announces their 2011 national coastal conference, which is being held at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel, New Orleans, LA from October 19-21, 2011. ASBPA is the nation’s first organization to promote science-based policies for the protection of beaches and shores. The ASBPA conference brings together scientists, engineers, geologists, biologists, planners, government officials, and policy makers from across the country to discuss the latest developments with respect to the coast. The theme of this years’ conference is Expanding Coastal Horizons, recognizing that the coastal issues extend beyond the narrow strip where waves wash ashore, to inland marshes and bays. Given the conference’s location in Louisiana, additional concurrent sessions are planned that will focus on CWPPRA, LCA, LACES, river diversions, long distance sediment delivery and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. A short course on the Federal planning process is being planned along with a field trip to the IHNC Surge Barrier.
Papers are being solicited related to the topics listed above. Papers should be submitted by May 13, 2011 to abstracts@asbpa.org. Authors should refer to the call for papers for additional guidance http://www.asbpa.org/conferences/2011Callwlogo.pdf
Additional information regarding ASBPA and the conference can be found at: http://www.asbpa.org/conferences/conf_fall_11.htm
ASBPA Contact: Kate & Ken Gooderham, Executive Directors (239) 489-2616 or exdir@asbpa.org

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY, AWARDS

BP-Sponsored Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Announces Availability of Research Funding
The Gulf Research Initiative has published their request for proposal for the $50 million in funds from BP. Information is available at http://www.gulfresearchinitiative.org/request-for-proposals/.
Story: http://www.gulfresearchinitiative.org/2011/bp-sponsored-gulf-of-mexico-research-initiative-announces-availability-of-research-funding/
Public education and outreach is allowable within the context of the research material proposed - a small percentage, but is allowed. You may download the RFP at: http://www.gulfresearchinitiative.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/GRI_RFP_I.pdf
Important dates to note:
9 pm EDT, May 9, 2011: Letters of Intent must be submitted to the Consortium for Ocean Leadership
9 pm EDT, June 6, 2011: Status update on letters of intent due
9 pm EDT, July 11, 2011: Complete proposals are due
          The purpose of RFP I is to select the research activities for GRI Years 2-4 (1 June 2011-31 May 2014) involving Research Consortia. For this solicitation, a Research Consortium is defined as having four or more institutions. The second RFP (RFP II) will focus on activities involving less money and less internal management than a Research Consortium; RFP II will be issued at a later date. RFP II will request proposals from individual or collaborative efforts involving a principal investigator (PI) and co principal investigators (co PIs) from up to three additional institutions and will be focused on the same research themes described in RFP I. RFP II will fund activities for GRI Years 2-4.

Department of Education Starts Award for ‘Green’ Schools
The U.S. Department of Education announced the creation of the Green Ribbon Schools program to recognize schools that are creating healthy and sustainable learning environments and teaching environmental literacy. The new awards program will be run by the Education Department with the support of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Green Ribbon Schools program reflects President Obama’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing energy efficiency, and preparing today’s students for jobs in fields that provide clean energy solutions. The program will be modeled after the Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon Schools Program, which annually honors public and private schools that are either high performing or have improved student achievement to high levels. The Education Department, the EPA, and CEQ will recognize schools for energy conservation, creating healthy learning spaces, and teaching environmental literacy. Application for the program will be released later this year, and the first group of “Green Ribbon Schools” announced next year.

INFORMATION

The Louisiana Conservationist spring issue is now available – www.louisianaconservationist.org
Articles include a recap of the whooping crane introduction, the Private Landowner Program and the adventure of a lone canoer who traveled the Mississippi River from Minnesota to Morgan City, La.

National Wildlife Federation Sponsors Enhancement of Habitat for Migratory Birds in Plaquemines Parish
On Saturday, April 09, 2011, National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and the Woodlands Conservancy coordinated a group of area volunteers to help with seedling planting and landscaping at the Woodlands Trail in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. This planting as well as those scheduled for next spring will help restore hurricane-impacted forest area and will enhance habitat for migratory birds that lost critical stopover locations in last year’s Gulf oil disaster.
          The blowout of the Deepwater Horizon left a lasting impact to migratory bird habitats in the New Orleans area that is difficult to quantify, but steps can be taken to mitigate some of the effects. NWF and Woodlands Conservancy are working to establish contiguous greenway corridors in what is considered likely to be the last remaining forested land mass between open water and New Orleans.
          Hundreds of millions of birds cross the Gulf each year and travel along the Mississippi flyway, with 2.5 million stopping daily in Louisiana to feed and rest. Last summer’s oil disaster closed the “re-fueling” areas for migratory birds along the water’s edge as oil coated available feeding and resting sites. This, along with the massive land loss coastal Louisiana is enduring, has resulted in a diminished wetland habitat for crucial migratory bird species. This planting will help expand a greenway corridor, making more stopover habitat available for migratory birds in Louisiana.
          For more information:  Ben Weber, NWF, Oil Spill Response Coordinator for the Western Gulf, weberb@nwf.org, (734) 678-3300; Katie Brasted, Executive Director, Woodlands Conservancy, Katie@woodlandsconservancy.org, (504) 433-4000 or (504) 453-4934

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson Visits CWPPRA Restoration Project
EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, who chairs the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, and John Hankinson, director of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, spent part of the one year anniversary date of the BP Oil Spill touring healthy restored marshes and wetlands along the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts to learn more about recovery efforts.  As part of the tour, the Administrator visited the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) project- the Mississippi River Sediment Delivery System –Bayou Dupont (BA-39). Paul Kaspar, CWPPRA project manager, guided the tour. The two leaders were also joined by other EPA officials, community members, non-governmental restoration organization managers, and students who shared information about successful marsh restoration projects and the need for additional ecosystem rebuilding efforts.
          President Obama issued an executive order in October 2010 to create the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force and appointed Administrator Jackson chair. The task force works to integrate federal restoration efforts with those of local stakeholders and state and tribal governments, and to facilitate accountability and support throughout the restoration process. EPA also announced the availability of grant funding for local organizations supporting health and environmental education and outreach to communities affected by the oil spill.
More information on the grants: http://epa.gov/environmentaljustice/grants/bp-spill-grants.html
More information on the EPA’s efforts on the Gulf Coast: http://epa.gov/gulfcoasttaskforce/

The Great American Energy Debate
During the past eight weeks over 3,600 students from 70 schools participated in the National Student Energy Survey. To view the national, state, and student organization results visit www.TheGreatAmericanEnergyDebate.org and select the National Survey Results link on the homepage. The national results are also in a Power Point presentation along with a script on how to use the results to conduct a classroom energy focus group using the 13 survey questions.
          Based on the results, secondary students are generally unaware of major energy issues, and lack even elementary knowledge about energy. The goal of The Great American Energy Debate (TGAED) Project is to quadruple the energy knowledge of all high school graduates by the year 2020.
          To kick off this effort, the objective for the 2011-2012 school year is to prompt 100 schools to begin simple programs to initiate and enhance energy education in their school and become an Energy 2020 School program. One hundred secondary schools programs will receive TGAED staff support and program assistance, along with a stipend to cover up any expenses up to $350 for the implementation of the program.

These Energy 2020 School programs will be organized by students and supported by teachers and local energy leaders. An easy to follow Energy 2020 School Implementation Guide will help student leaders and teachers efficiently conduct an effective program. For more information, including a video about the Energy 2020 School program use this link... www.thegreatamericanenergydebate.org/Energy2020School.html

CRAB, FEB, SAB, WEB, WSC, IB, EMT--
Quickly find science images, including animal and plant, weather and space, and earth and sun images and more. The information is free and no registration is required.
Science.gov > Special Collections > Image Search http://www.science.gov/scigovimage/
Science.gov Image Search searches the metadata from images provided by three Federal agencies with more image databases expected to be added in the coming months. The current federated search includes:
          • http://life.nbii.gov/dml/home.do – The National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) Library of Images from the Environment (LIFE), a collection of high-quality photographs, illustrations, and graphics covering a wide range of topics, including images of plants, animals, fungi, microorganisms, habitats, wildlife management, environmental topics, and biological study/fieldwork.
          • http://nix.larc.nasa.gov/advanced – The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Image eXchange (NIX), a search engine of NASA's multimedia collections, including images of space flight wind tunnel, solar system, aircraft, and education initiatives.
          • http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/search.html – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Photo Library, a collection spanning centuries of time and much of the natural world from the center of the earth to the surface of the sun.

Public Input Sought for Restoring Gulf Resources
NOAA and other federal and state agencies are assessing the impacts to, and determining the appropriate restoration for, Gulf resources injured by the Deepwater BP oil spill. These organizations are identifying the types of restoration activities appropriate to restore the natural resources impacted by the spill. Stakeholder input is important. The public scoping process offers you an opportunity to provide comments and project ideas related to restoring Gulf resources injured by the spill. To submit comments, please visit http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/restoration/give-us-your-ideas/.

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

AST Environmental is accepting resumes for entry level and mid level environmental oversight positions. Potential projects include the Gulf Cleanup and Highway construction projects. Experience is a plus; however specific training will be provided. A B.S. degree in biology, wildlife or environmental science is required. Please do not apply prior to receiving a degree. The positions are expected to last from 6 months to 2 years. The scheduled rotations are 14 days on and 7 days off. Please send resumes to selby@astenv.net.

SPECIAL SHRIMP SEASON SET FOR VERMILION BAY

Release Date: 05/02/2011

Special shrimp season map

May 2, 2011 – Today, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham, announced a special shrimp season in portions of state inside waters west of the Atchafalaya River, specifically Vermilion Bay, beginning Friday, May 6, 2011 at 6 a.m. 

Recent biological samples indicate that marketable size white shrimp are available for harvest in these waters. High river stages predicted for the Atchafalaya River may lead to considerably large movements of white shrimp populations from these waters into offshore waters prior to the effective date of the spring inshore shrimp season to be set by the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.

The specific area that is set to open to this special shrimp season is as follows:  state inside waters from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the Channel red buoy line westward to the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island.

The opening dates for the 2011 Spring Inshore Shrimp season will be considered by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at the May 5 meeting at LDWF Headquarters.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information contact Laura Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or (225) 610-2363.

Sustainability Grant Extended to Schools Across Louisiana

***To Louisiana Educators, Administrators, Partner Organizations/Agencies***

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and Keep Louisiana Beautiful

…are pleased to announce an extension of their pilot grants program designed to encourage a sustainability initiative in Louisiana K-12 schools. Projects to be considered are to address a litter/waste abatement issue within a particular school campus that will result in long-term impact. These projects can center on recycling, waste reduction, litter prevention, etc.
Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Award not to exceed: $10,000
Parishes eligible for this pilot program: extended to all parishes in Louisiana
Questions: Contact Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov

An electronic version of this form can be found on our website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec.

L.D.W.F. Agents Issue Four Citations for Closed Season Shrimping

Release Date: 05/02/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited four Louisiana men for allegedly shrimping during a closed season in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents cited Rodney Hereford Jr., 28, and Mark Farrell, 41, both of Slidell, and Lenny Serpas Jr., 52, and Aaron Serpas, 19, both of Meraux, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season.

Agents responded to reports of illegal shrimping in Plaquemines Parish on the morning of April 29 and observed the vessel occupied by Hereford and Farrell engaging in skimming operations in Black Bay near Belle Island.  Agents seized and returned 60 pounds of shrimp to the water.

In the early evening hours on April 30, agents again responded to reports of illegal shrimping in Plaquemines Parish.  Agents observed the vessel occupied by the Serpas engaged in skimming operations in Black Bay near Iron Banks.  Agents seized and returned 40 pounds of shrimp to the water.

Using skimmers in a closed season brings up to a $950 fine, up to 120 days in jail, or both plus courts costs.

In addition to any other penalties, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer and butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction.  During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer or butterfly net, only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible by LDWF.

Agents participating in the cases were Senior Agents Brett Nabors and Mike Garrity.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Golden Meadow Resident Cited For Shrimping Violations

Release Date: 04/29/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Golden Meadow resident on April 28 for an alleged closed season shrimp violation in Lafourche Parish.

Agents cited Toney Morgan Dardar, 51, for using skimmers during a closed season and improper running lights.

In the pre dawn hours, agents responded to reports of illegal shrimping in lower Lafourche Parish.  Agents observed the vessel occupied by Dardar engaged in skimming near the protection levee by Tidewater.  At the time, the vessel was observed without the required running lights.

Agents returned 100 pounds of shrimp to the water and seized the two skimmer nets and vessel.

The penalty for using skimmers in a closed season is a fine up to $950, up to 120 days in jail, or both plus courts costs.  In addition to any other penalties, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer and butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction.  During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer or butterfly net, only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible by LDWF.

The penalty for improper running lights is a fine of $50 or imprisonment for up to 15 days, or both plus court cost.

Agents participating in the case were Sgts. Bryan Marie and Richard Purvis.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Syndicate content