The Future of Bicycling in New Orleans - NOLA Group Sept. Meeting

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Bike Easy - The Future of Bicycling in New Orleans

New Orleans Group of the Sierra Club welcomes Dan Favre, Executive Director of Bike Easy, the Greater New Orleans bicycle advocacy organization, to give an overview of the state of bicycling in New Orleans today and the work his organization is doing to build a bright biking future. Along the way he'll cover safety tips for people who bike and people who drive, go over helpful recommendations for bike commuting, and get your feedback about how to make bicycling in the region fun, safe, and easy for everyone.

Katrina Tenth Anniversary Events in New Orleans

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There are many events going on in New Orleans around the August 29 Katrina 10th anniversary date. Sierra Club is active in helping to organize the following three events:

10 Year Commemoration March and Second Line: Event begins with the reading of the names of lost loved ones at the Lower Ninth Ward levee breach at Jourdan and a healing ceremony followed by a march through the city and a commemoration program of local speakers and performers.

Lower 9 Resilience Festival: An annual event by, for, and with the citizens of the Lower Ninth Ward to commemorate loss, recognize recovery, bring economic stimulation to the community, and encourage an ongoing commitment to becoming whole again after the devastation that resulted from Hurricane Katrina.

Rhythmic Alchemy Art Healing: Rhythmic Alchemy is a healing art space rooted in authentic African, Native American and South Louisiana cultural and healing traditions to commemorate the 10 years of recovery since Hurricane Katrina. Rhythmic Alchemy uses drumming, spoken word, live muralist, cultural dance, DJ, traditional exhibits, Second Line, masquerade, and collective movement to create a unique experience for all who attend.

Here is the link for locations and times: http://action.sierraclub.org/site/R?i=KKrVxOZMaBJGXQn7Yfj0bA

FULL MOON PADDLE OUTING at HONEY ISLAND SWAMP

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FULL MOON PADDLE OUTING at HONEY ISLAND SWAMP with Harvey Stern​ of the Delta Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Friday evening, August 28th.

This weekend will be a rare weekend night with the full moon rising about an hour before sunset -- just right for moonlight paddling.

Contact Harvey Stern at hstern(at)bellsouth(dot)net or at (Five-Oh-Four)-891-7116 for more info, times, and to RSVP. Some paddling/kayaking experience required.

BREC's Hiking Trails & Conservation Plans [Baton Rouge Group Meeting]

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Come hear Amanda Takacs, a naturalist in BREC's Conservation Department discuss their Conservation plans & show slides of discoveries on some of BREC's hiking trails in East Baton Rouge Parish on the evening of Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 7:00pm at the Backpacker, 7656 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70809. Takacs will also discuss BREC's Geaux Green program.

Visit Baton Rouge Area Group of the Sierra Club on the web for updates and directions to this meeting: http://brsierraclub.blogspot.com/ and http://facebook.com/BatonRougeSierraClub

Press Release - Environmental challenge to La. coal terminal settles out of court

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Environmental Organizations targeting a coal export terminal in Louisiana under the Clean Water Act moved to settle out of court Aug. 18 after the facility's backers agreed to a series of financial and environmental protection obligations.

The parties filed a consent decree on Aug. 18, appealing for a stay to the case under an agreement that United Bulk Terminals Davant, LLC would meet a collection of requirements laid out in the settlement.

The initial legal challenge was filed by environmental advocacy groups, the Louisiana Environmental Action Network, Gulf Restoration Network, and Sierra Club, in March 2014 following allegations that the facility "spilled significant amounts of coal and petroleum coke" at its export terminal in violation of the Clean Water Act.

The settlement was celebrated by local environmental groups as a step towards accountability.

Louisiana Black Bear proposed for de-listing as threatened and endangered under the ESA

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Sierra Club and especially Mr. Harold Schoeffler of the Acadian Group was an early and effective advocate for the listing of the Louisiana Black Bear as threatened and endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The listing took place in 1992 with a then current estimate of bear population in the state at about 300-400. The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) listed the bear on the grounds that habitat had been seriously depleted enough to threaten the existence of the bear.

Louisiana Legislative Update, Status of Environmental Bills from the 2015 Session

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Here is a rundown on some of the bills on environmental issues that were considered during the Louisiana legislative session that ended on June 11, 2015. Despite this being a "fiscal" session and all the attention given to the state's fiscal deficit there were these notable efforts on the environmental front. Sierra Club and allies were actively working for the environment and public health on these issues.

HB 180 by Rep Joe Bouie of New Orleans is a Green Army supported bill that would have prohibited the construction of any pre-K through 12th grade school on property formerly used for the disposal, storage, or deposition of sewage sludge, solid waste, hazardous waste, or oilfield waste. The bill sponsors hoped the bill would become law in time to stop the planned construction of a school on the old Clio Street/Silver City Dump in New Orleans. Monique Harden and with technical help from Wilma Subra of LEAN did a great job of shepherding the bill through successful votes in House Education Committee and the House floor. The bill stalled in Senate Education Committee over concerns that the bill would apply too broadly statewide. The bill was opposed by the New Orleans Recovery School District, Louisiana contractors and the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

Seeking the Future of Louisiana's Coast in its Past: A Detective Story - Baton Rouge Group Lecture Series

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Dr. Richard Condrey, LSU Dept. of Oceanography (ret.) will discuss some amazing findings regarding the Last Naturally Active Delta Complexes of the Mississippi River and why an understanding of them is critical to any efforts to restore the coast during the next occasion of the Lecture Series of the Baton Rouge Group of the Sierra Club on Wednesday, June 24th to be held at The Backpacker.

Bad Project Stopped – The Washington Parish Reservoir - Update

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US Army Corps of Engineers received an application for a 404 permit to dam up Bogue Lusa Creek approximately 5.8 miles south of the city of Sheridan and conduct mechanized land clearing for the creation of an approximately 3,262 acre reservoir in Washington Parish, Louisiana. The applicant’s stated project purpose was to provide water, recharge aquifers and provide recreation areas and economic development opportunities… The impoundment would produce a long, thin, five finger lake 5.5 miles long and up to 3,000 ft wide.

Call State Senators, ask them to vote NO on HCR 29 on Senate floor - Update

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HCR 29 tells USEPA to withdraw proposed guidelines for reducing CO2 emissions from fossil fuel fired power plants and urges the Louisiana governor and state attorney general to take legal action to prevent the guidelines from being implemented. Carbon emissions have been shown to be the primary cause of global warming and climate change. Louisiana is one of the states most vulnerable to catastrophic storms and land loss due to the combination of subsidence and sea level rise. Louisiana has excellent potential for re-allocating dirty electric power generation to clean sources including natural gas, renewable energy including wind and solar, and energy efficiency. Movement toward clean energy would create jobs and keep energy investment dollars in the state. Louisiana has a dynamic economy that could enable the state to be a leader in the transition to clean energy. But HCR 29 says that Louisiana wants nothing to do with it. We think this resolution is a bad idea.

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