Articles by Janet McConnaughey

‘Dead Zone’ in Gulf Much Smaller This Year Following Tropical Storms

Tropical weather stirred up the Gulf of Mexico, reducing this year’s dead zone off Louisiana’s coast to the third-smallest ever measured, the scientist who has measured it since 1985 said Tuesday. Marine ecologist Nancy Rabalais said the area where there’s …

Cities Get Creative to Tame Stormwater Floods

For more than a century, New Orleans has depended on canals and pumps to get rid of stormwater in a city where about half the land is below sea level. Now the bustling Mississippi River port that expanded by filling …

Ecoroofs, Bioswales, Water Gardens: Cities Get Creative To Tame Stormwater Floods

For more than a century, New Orleans has depended on canals and pumps to get rid of stormwater in a city where about half the land is below sea level. Now the bustling Mississippi River port that expanded by filling …

Possible Virus Exposure Shut Louisiana OMV Office the Day it Reopened

Coronavirus fears closed a Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles location near New Orleans the same morning that it reopened after a two-month pandemic closure. The office in Harvey was notified that someone in the building might have been in contact …

New Orleans Won’t Participate in Louisiana’s Partial Business Openings, Yet

In much of Louisiana, restaurant owners are cautiously looking forward to opening some outdoor tables, and mall stores to beginning curbside service. But New Orleans won’t be participating in those slight relaxations of rules set up to slow the spread …

47 Long-Term Care Sites in Louisiana Seen as Coronavirus ‘Clusters’

As coronavirus cases spike ever higher in Louisiana, the state’s nursing homes, assisted living sites and adult residential care facilities are showing more and more “clusters” of the virus, but the full scale of the outbreak at those sites remains …

Lawyer Says OSHA Looking into Arrest of Worker in New Orleans Hotel Collapse

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating allegations that the immigration arrest of a construction worker hurt in the collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel construction site in New Orleans was retaliation for his reports about problems at the …

Gulf Coast Seafood Biz Slammed by Freshwater from This Year’s Floods

Fresh water from Midwestern floods has killed oysters along the coasts of three states and cost Mississippi half of its blue crabs. Water that came through a Louisiana spillway killed 95% of the oysters in Mississippi’s share of the Mississippi …

Flooded Mississippi River Still a Threat as Hurricane Season Heats Up

The river that drains much of the flood-soaked United States is still running far higher than normal, menacing New Orleans in multiple ways just as the hurricane season intensifies. For months now, a massive volume of water has been pushing …

New Federal Study Contradicts Owner’s Claims About Years-Long Gulf Oil Spill

A new federally led study of oil seeping from a platform toppled off Louisiana’s coast 141/2 years ago found releases lower than other recent estimates, but contradicts the well owner’s assertions about the amount and source of oil. Oil and …