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"Reviving The Gulf: 'It Could All Go To Hell Pretty Quickly'"

"Ten years after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig on April 20, 2010, Louisiana is one of five states reaping the benefits of a $20.8 billion settlement with BP PLC, the largest in U.S. history. If all goes as planned, the $200 million project will not only revive the Maurepas Swamp but provide a natural buffer from deadly hurricanes."

Source: Greenwire, 04/17/2020

In Days of Social Distancing, Getting the Goods … Virtually

Can “phoning it in” actually be sound advice for journalists? It can — in the current coronavirus crisis — writes Cynthia Barnett, environmental journalist-in-residence at the University of Florida. In a special EJ Academy, she looks at how to teach young reporters to gather immersive reporting from afar.

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Warm Gulf Of Mexico Could Intensify Upcoming Tornado, Hurricane Seasons

"Water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico are running more than three degrees above average, increasing the prospects for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes this spring and potentially stronger hurricane activity in the summer and fall."

Source: Washington Post, 04/02/2020

SEJournal Relaunches WatchDog with a ‘Voice,’ Plus Coronavirus and More

SEJournal welcomes back from hiatus our WatchDog feature, now recast as an opinion column from Joseph A. Davis, Society of Environmental Journalists’ veteran freedom of information advocate and longtime SEJournal contributor. In part one of a two-parter, find out why we’re relaunching the new column, plus get Davis’ take on government openness (or lack thereof) around coronavirus, as well as more on SEJ’s deep commitment to open information and a rundown of its recent FOI activities. And watch for part two next week.

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Could Historic Dutch Methods for Mastering Water Save New Orleans?

"Up close is not the best way to see the world’s biggest gate. Viewed from one end, where a three-story hinge links to a massive steel lattice, the Maeslant storm surge barrier resembles three crane towers toppled across one another."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 03/09/2020

As Florida, Georgia Battle Over Water, Oystermen Struggle To Survive

"Standing in his boat in Florida’s Apalachicola Bay, Michael Dasher lowered a long pair of tongs into the water, pulling up a muddy mass of oysters that his son sorted, keeping those big enough to sell and tossing the rest back into the brackish bay."

Source: Reuters, 03/02/2020
April 6, 2020

DEADLINE: Waldo Proffitt Award for Excellence in Environmental Journalism in Florida

The Zimmerman School of Advertising & Mass Communications at the University of South Florida annually recognizes distinguished examples of daily and weekly newspaper reporting and commentary about environmental issues in Florida with a $1,000 award. Deadline: Apr 6, 2020.

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