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Louisiana Old River Control Structure and Mississippi River Flood Protection
This link discusses flooding by and from the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers:
EPA Releases Searchable Website for Drinking Water Violations: Agency to host webinar to show how to use the public health data
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced improvements to the availability and usability of drinking water data in the Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) tool. ECHO now allows the public to search to see whether drinking water in their community met the standards required under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), which is designed to safeguard the nation’s drinking water and protect people’s health.
Safe Drinking Water Act search page:
Enforcement and Compliance History Online tool:



The Art of the Photo Essay By Leah Bray (Saturday, May 21, 1–5 pm)
Learn to tell a story with your photographs and captions.
GBNERR’s Coastal Resources Center, 6005 Bayou Heron Road, Moss Point, MS 39562
For more information or to pre-register contact:  Jennifer Buchanan or Elise Stephens or call 228-475-7047.
          Leah Bray is a restoration ecologist with Natural Capital Development in Ocean Springs. She has been a semi-professional nature photographer for over ten years writing photo essays for newspapers and magazines. With assistance from Ms. Bray, participants will learn to tell a story with their nature photographs and associated captions. After a brief classroom lesson on how to take nature photographs, participants will take photos in the field and then discuss how to use them to construct or support a story (or vice versa). Be sure to bring: cameras, notebooks, hats, bug spray, sunscreen, and shoes to walk in semi-wet conditions.

Save the Date: Friday, June 10 – Coastal Restoration Forum
A FREE Symposium: Our Wetlands, Our Future
Hosted by Our Lady of Holy Cross College and moderated by John Snell of Fox 8 News; Lunch Provided
For people who live and work in: Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John, St. Tammany, and Terrebonne Parishes.
          An open dialog on the next five years of wetland renewal in SE Louisiana. A forum to discuss concerns before plans are finalized. Technical, ecological, economic, and societal issues concerning coastal restoration. Presented by experts from universities, the Corps of Engineers, and the State of Louisiana. Followed by discussion and impacts to: Communities, Estuaries and Livelihoods.



FREE workshop for Science Teachers! (June 9 & 10)
If you'd like to learn how to use your current Texas Instruments technology and Vernier probes in your classroom this is the workshop for you! TI is hosting 2 Science workshops in June to show you new technology as well as work with what you currently have. See dates and locations below and contact TI Representative Wendy Peel for more information and/or to RSVP your spot. Resources and door prizes will be given away as well as completion Certificates.  Lunch will be provided by TI at each workshop.
June 9, 2011, 9 am–1 pm
Rapides Parish Media Center, Alexandria, LA
June 10, 2011, 9 am–1 pm
Warren Easton Charter High School, New Orleans, LA
RSVP Wendy Peel at

Core Element Summer Science PD at Franklin High School, New Orleans
Grades 3-6 Summer Institute:
          Science, Literacy & Numeracy 7/11-15/2011
          Modeling Method of Instruction- Physics 7/11-22/2011
          Modeling Method of Instruction- Physical Science 7/6-19/2011
          Modeling Method of Instruction- Chemistry 7/6-19/2011
          EOC Biology 7/11-15/2011
          Middle School Science Summer Institute- Experimental Design 7/11-15/2011
Please see attachments for more information on each workshop.

Announcing the Coastal Low Impact Development Design Workshop Series
          Bioretention - June 2, 2011
          Permeable Pavement - June 15, 2011
          Swales, Level Spreaders & Vegetated Filter Strips - June 23, 2011
          Constructed Stormwater Wetlands - July 7, 2011
          Weeks Bay Reserve Resource Center, US 98 between Fairhope and Foley, AL
          8 am–5 pm each workshop.
Weeks Bay Reserve, ADCNR, Lands Division is excited to announce a four part workshop series focusing on innovative stormwater best management practice (BMP) design. Attendees will learn about all aspects of design, construction, vegetation, and maintenance practices as well as the have the opportunity to design the BMP.
          Registration fee of $45.00 per workshop includes workshop materials and lunch. Registration is online only. Please go to and click on the REGISTER link. Follow the final registration instructions at the Office of Professional and Continuing Education, Auburn University registration page. You may register for one, more or all sessions. Class space is very limited. For more information contact Mike Shelton at or 251-928-9792. 

Wetland Warriors Adult Education Workshops (Registration Deadline: July 18, 2011)
          The workshops aim to provide various civic group leaders, leaders in the community, members of the media, journalists, teachers, informal educators, artists and government officials with current scientific research data about Louisiana's wetlands in an understandable and reusable format. Participants will have a better understanding of the formation of wetlands, ecology and importance of wetlands, the natural and anthropogenic causes of wetland loss, the complexity of wetland management and the pros and cons of the various restoration methods as well as protection methods. The workshops will end with a group discussion session to initiate partnerships within the audience to create additional educational and action opportunities for the general public. Participants will also receive a binder of reference materials including a CD of lectures presented during the workshop.
Workshop Dates
          August 18-19: Civic group and community leaders
          August 25-26: Members of the media, journalists and artists
          September 8-9: Government officials
          September 16-17:Teachers and informal educators
Tentative Workshop Schedule
The 2-day workshops to be held in Cocodrie, LA cover the costs of housing, reference materials and vessels. There is a $35 registration fee to cover the costs of meals and snacks. Pre-registration is required. Information packets concerning the workshop will be mailed out following the registration deadline. Applications should be postmarked by: July 18, 2011. Registration Form


Call for 2011 PARADE All-America High School Service Team Award Nominations (Deadline: 5:00 PM EST on May, 17)
PARADE Magazine and GenerationOn are now accepting nominations for the All-America High School Service Team Award. The All-America High School Service Team recognizes students in grades 9 through 12 who have made exemplary contributions in the service areas of: health, education, environment, economics or community. These students see service as a solution to solve community problems and use the power of stories to inspire others to action. The top 50 finalists, 10 per issue category, will receive certificates. The top 15 (3 per issue category), will receive a two-day paid trip to Washington, D.C. to receive their award and special recognition. To learn more about how to nominate a PARADE All-America High School Service All-Star today visit



Ocean Oil: Online Clearinghouse for Education and Networking - Oil Interdisciplinary Learning -
The Online Clearinghouse for Education and Networking - Oil Interdisciplinary Learning (OCEAN-OIL) is a peer-reviewed collection of scientific information and educational resources about the Deepwater Horizon disaster and its broader energy and environmental issues. OCEAN-OIL is a collaborative, community-driven effort by scientists, teachers, and concerned citizens. OCEAN-OIL is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, Division of Undergraduate Education.
          Topics at this site include: Coastal Ecosystems, Gulf of Mexico, Oil in the Marine Environment, Oil Spill Response, Oil & Society, Data on the Deepwater Horizon Disaster, Oil Spill Glossary, Oil Spill Acronyms, Oil Spill Links, and Journal Articles on the Deepwater Horizon Disaster

Climate Change: Rising Seas and Major U.S. Coastal Areas by 2100
This map would be a great way to open a discussion in Earth or Environmental Science classes on the effects of global climate change and the need for governments to develop contingency plans for the future. To read the entire research article and access the map, go to
          A related article on climate,, and information on slowing climate change (warming) can be found at

Earth Science Survey
The National Earth Science Teachers Association has prepared an anonymous survey ( to gather information about teachers’ Earth and space science education needs and concerns and ideas about how to serve you better. Please take a moment to complete this survey at your earliest convenience.

NAEP Released Items- Looking for better test questions?
NSTA Freebies for Science Teachers
National Science Foundation News- Great for Students!
From Education Weekly-18273
Elementary Teachers Critical to Advancing STEM Education, Report SaysDNA? Atoms? What Science Students Know, and Don't Know

Governor Jindal Requests Assistance from Dept. of Interior for Flooding Resulting from Morganza Spillway

Release Date: 05/19/2011

May 19, 2011 - Governor Bobby Jindal yesterday sent the below letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior requesting consideration of available assistance and recovery programs for Louisiana recreational and commercial fishing, hunting, and eco-tourism industries.


May 18, 2011
The Honorable Ken Salazar
US Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N. W.
Washington, DC 20240
Dear Secretary Salazar:
In recent days, the US Army Corps of Engineers began diverting high waters from the rising Mississippi River. As water from the Morganza Spillway is released into the Atchafalaya Basin, the impact to our rural communities and the industries upon which they rely will be dramatic and long-lasting. I am requesting your immediate consideration of available assistance and recovery programs for our recreational and commercial fishing, hunting, and eco-tourism industries.
The Atchafalaya Basin is a North American treasure with hunting, fishing, camping and other nature-based opportunities that simply are unparalleled. The basin, in surveys conducted by Louisiana State University, was named the number one recreational fishing destination in Louisiana. Countless industries rely on the Basin's fertile farmland, lakes, and wildlife management areas.
Approximately 1,400 commercial fishermen are dependent upon species harvested from the Basin, including the Louisiana crawfish. On average, more than 10 million pounds of crawfish are harvested commercially from the Basin each year representing approximately 95 percent of all crawfish harvested in Louisiana that makes it to market. Access to this essential Louisiana commercial industry will be hampered by damage to roadways, docks and access points that support the industry.
The same is true of other commercial and recreational fisheries in the Atchafalaya Basin. The basin is home to a large commercial catfish industry, frogging, crabbing, recreational crawfishing, waterfowl and large game hunting, trapping and nature-based tourism activities, such as birding and camping. All of these activities require access points for residents and tourists. The total economic impact of this region on Louisiana and the Gulf Coast is substantial. As a small snapshot, commercial fisheries’ landings in the Basin were valued at more than $28 million before even taking into account sales to consumers and supporting businesses. Confirmation of support from the Interior now is crucial to reassuring our residents, industries and communities that a recovery is possible.
Our state has worked diligently over the last six years and through four major hurricanes to restore commercial and recreational nature-based activities. Much of that progress, including the millions of fish stocked in the basin, may be lost after the flood waters recede. We will be aggressive in our efforts to rebuild these resources, even as we see fish kills, large-scale habitat loss, and restructuring of the Basin's ecosystem. We implore you to identify clear methods for helping to restore these resources that will provide our rural communities with the tools they need to rebuild.
Bobby Jindal



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

First Annual Boating Education Lagniappe Day Certifies 264 Boaters

Release Date: 05/18/2011

May 18, 2011 -  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) certified 264 boaters statewide after their first ever "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" on May 14.

Boating Education Lagniappe Day ran from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at eight locations across the state and consisted of the NASBLA boating education course, food and drinks, giveaways and door prizes all free of charge to the public.

"We are extremely pleased with the turnout as more than 250 boaters will now be safer when boating on Louisiana waterways," said LDWF Lt. Col. Jeff Mayne, the State's Boating Law Administrator.  "We wanted to make this day full of fun and still be educational at the same time and I feel we accomplished both goals."

The National Associations of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) safe boating certification is mandatory for anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 who wants to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.

The NASBLA approved course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment requirements.  The course also covers many navigation rules and charts, trailering, sailboats, canoeing, personal watercraft and more.  Each student that completed the course was issued a vessel operators certification card.

Each location provided a free lunch that included crawfish fettuccine, jambalaya, pizza, chicken tenders and chilidogs.  Sponsors also provided door prizes and giveaways such as gift cards, ice chests, personal flotation devices, sunglasses, sunscreen and boating whistles.  LDWF also gave away key chains and cups with the LDWF logo.

"This won't be the last 'Boating Education Lagniappe Day' in this state and we are already planning on next year's event to make it even bigger," said Capt. Rachel Zechenelly, LDWF's Boating Safety Coordinator.  "We heard nothing but good things from the public that attended the event.  Even some of the parents that didn't need the course said they learned a lot about boating safety."

Sponsors for the Boating Education Lagniappe Day are the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Wal-Mart, Cabela's, Holiday Inn, Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, CCA of Louisiana, All Star Pontiac in Sulphur, Coca-Cola of Lake Charles, Songy's Sporting Goods of Houma, and Gene Kile Inc.

For more information on boating regulations and safety, please visit  For more information on boating education courses, please visit

Studies have shown that states with a mandatory boating education program have fewer boating incidents that result in fatalities than states that have no boating education program.  States with a boating education program for more than 20 years had 3.67 fatalities per 100,000 registered boats, and states with no boating education program had 6.61 fatalities per 100,000 boats.

LDWF initiated the state's boating education program in 2003 and has certified over 40,000 boaters during that time.

Below is the list of the class locations from this past weekend:

Bossier City
Academy Sports and Outdoors
2801 Beane Dr.
Bossier City, LA 71111

West Monroe
Academy Sports and Outdoors
111 Constitution Dr.
West Monroe, LA 71292

Academy Sports and Outdoors
3205 S. MacArthur Dr.
Alexandria, LA 71301

1538 Hwy. 190
Eunice, LA 70535

Lake Charles
Lake Charles Civic Center
900 Lakeshore Dr.
Lake Charles, LA 70602

Holiday Inn
1800 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Houma, LA 70360

Cabela's Parkway
Gonzales, LA 70737

St. Bernard Parish Government Complex
8201 W. Judge Perez
Chalmette, LA 70043

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or

LDWF Closes Additional Access Roadways on Dewey Wills W.M.A.

Release Date: 05/16/2011

May 16, 2011 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has closed that portion of Hunt Road on Dewey Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) from the Diversion Canal south, effective immediately, due to floodwater impacts.

This closure is in addition to the May 13 closure of Muddy Bayou Road from Saline Bayou, eastward to Nolan Bayou Road, and Sandy Bayou Road southward from Highway 28, within the LaSalle Parish WMA.

The access road closures are being implemented in the interest of public and employee safety and to provide undisturbed refuge for wildlife species seeking high ground as flood waters rise.

The closure is necessary due to rising backwater from the Red River, associated with the record Mississippi River water levels. These roads will remain closed until further notice.

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

For emergency updates from the State of Louisiana, visit or follow along on Twitter at @GOHSEP and Facebook at

Seven Louisiana Residents Cited For Vandalism to Sherburne W.M.A.

Release Date: 05/16/2011


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited seven Louisiana residents on vandalism and alcohol related charges on the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on May 15 in Pointe Coupee Parish.

Agents cited David Wayne Stear, 21, of Metairie; Darryl Kent Deville, 19, of Krotz Springs; Natache Brooke Coates, 20, of Lottie; Michael Joseph Guitreau, 21, of Metarie; Kristen Ann Jarreau, 27, of Jarreau; and two juveniles for criminal damage to state property.

Stear, Guitreau, Deville, Coates and Jarreau were also cited for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.  Agents also cited Deville, Coates, and two juveniles for possession of alcohol under the age of 21.

Subjects were cited after agents found them drinking and damaging Sherburne WMA signs at the Little Alabama boat launch.

St. Landry Emergency Medical Services transported one of the juveniles to Opelousas General Hospital after she was found passed out from drinking.  All other subjects were cited and then released.  The juveniles were released to their parents.

Criminal damage to state property carries up to a $500 fine and up to six months in jail or both.  Contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile carries up to a $500 fine and up to six months in jail or both.  Possession of alcohol under the age of 21 carries up to a $100 fine or up to six months in jail or both.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Cliff Ortis, Senior Agents Lance Devillier, Ryan Faul, Michael Williams and Agent Mitchell Saunder.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at

State Closes Two Oyster Harvest Areas, Allows Some Oyster Relocation

Release Date: 05/13/2011

Special Bedding-Only Oyster Season Map

Precautionary closures protect human health; relocation of oysters helps prevent further damage to commercial industry

May 13, 2011 -- Today Louisiana officials announced precautionary closures of two oyster harvesting areas that are receiving large amounts of freshwater intrusion from the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway and from the Mississippi River.

Officials also announced that oysters in some areas east of the Mississippi River may be relocated from beds that will be inundated with fresh water to other seed grounds or oyster leases out of the way of the flood waters coming through the spillway into Lake Pontchartrain and into the Gulf of Mexico. A special permit is required for relocation of oysters from an area closed for traditional harvest to an area specifically for bedding purposes. The permit is not required if the harvest area is open for harvest.


The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is closing oyster harvest areas 1 and 7. The closures will take effect at sunset, Saturday, May 14, 2011. Area 1 is in Lake Borgne in Orleans and St. Bernard parishes, and Area 7 in Plaquemines Parish. Both oyster harvesting areas are on the east side of the Mississippi river.

Louisiana State Health Officer, Jimmy Guidry, M.D., and Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein signed the orders today. The closures will remain in effect until officials are able to verify the safety of the resource for human consumption. 

DHH is monitoring all impacted oyster beds and doing routine water testing to ensure public health. State officials have notified local oyster harvesters that work in the affected areas, as well as the Louisiana Oyster Task Force.

Resource Relocation

A special bedding-only season has also been announced by state officials today. At an emergency Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting, the commission voted to open a special "bedding-only" oyster season for public seed grounds in the Lake Borgne and Mississippi Sound area in St. Bernard Parish. The special season, which will open at one-half hour before sunrise on Saturday, May 14, 2011 and shall close at one-half hour after sunset on May 31, will allow the oyster industry an opportunity to relocate oysters ahead of possible freshwater impacts from the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway. 

This special oyster season allows the harvest of seed oysters for bedding purposes only in the public oyster seed grounds within:

  • Harvest area 1
  • Harvest area 2
  • That portion of Harvest area 3 located north of a line of latitude 30 degrees 00 minutes 00.0 seconds N and east of a line of longitude 89 degrees 22 minutes 50.0 seconds W.

The special "bedding-only" season described above shall be opened with the following provisions:

1. All oysters on board a vessel actively harvesting oysters in the public seed grounds described above shall be presumed to have been taken from the public seed grounds described above.
2. No oyster harvester who is actively harvesting oysters in the public seed ground described above shall have on board his vessel any sacks or containers which may be used to hold oysters for transport to market.
3. No harvester shall sell, or transport with his vessel, oysters intended for market sales on the same day that he harvested seed oysters from the public seed grounds described above.

Harvestable quantities of oyster resources exist on these public oyster seed grounds. The opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway places those resources in imminent peril. As significant oyster mortalities could be experienced due to the anticipated depression, the special season is a necessary step to protect and preserve Louisiana's oyster resources. 

The Commission gave the Secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Robert Barham, authorization to take emergency action as necessary to open or close public oyster areas based on the best available biological data.

Beginning Sunday, May 15, 2011, harvesters that seek to participate in the oyster relocation or "bedding-only" season in Harvest Area 1 must have a special permit that requires notification of where transplanted oysters will be relocated. A permit is not required on Saturday, May 14, 2011, because Harvest Area 1 will still be open. Oysters harvested and relocated to a new lease may not be harvested for consumption or for the public marketplace for at least 14 days -- ample time for the oysters to filter any contaminants. Permits can be obtained at the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Office of Public Health Commercial Seafood Program, located at 628 North 4th St., room 156, in downtown Baton Rouge. The special permit requires a $5,000 bond. 

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals strives to protect and promote health statewide and to ensure access to medical, preventive and rehabilitative services for all state citizens. To learn more about DHH, visit For up-to-date health information, news and emergency updates, follow DHH's blog, Twitter account and Facebook page.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with maintaining and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at, on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For emergency updates from the State of Louisiana, visit or follow along on Twitter at @GOHSEP and Facebook at

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Announces Closures for State Wildlife Management Areas in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley

Release Date: 05/13/2011

May 13, 2011 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced today a schedule of closures for state wildlife management areas (WMAs) within the Mississippi Alluvial Valley due to flood water impacts.

The site closures or WMA access road closures are being implemented in the interest of public and employee safety and to provide undisturbed refuge for wildlife species seeking high ground as flood waters rise.

Effective today, within Dewey Wills WMA in LaSalle Parish, a portion of Muddy Bayou Road from Saline Bayou, eastward to Nolan Bayou Road, and Sandy Bayou Road southward from Highway 28, has been closed to vehicular traffic.

Effective May 16, the following areas will be completely closed:

  • Attakapas Island WMA (St. Martin/St. Mary/Iberia Parishes)
  • Grassy Lake WMA (Avoyelles Parish)
  • Sherburne WMA (Pointe Coupee/St. Martin/Iberville Parishes)
  • Three Rivers WMA (Concordia Parish)

The closures will remain in effect until the flood waters recede and all WMA access roads are determined to be safe for vehicle passage.

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

For emergency updates from the State of Louisiana, visit or follow along on Twitter at @GOHSEP and Facebook at

For more information contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or

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