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2009-07-24 16:33:00

Creation of new group part of comments due today evaluating the Louisiana Coastal Restoration Plan WASHINGTON, July 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A coalition including Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the National Wildlife Federation, National Audubon Society, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation today called on the Obama Administration to bring together a task force to speed up efforts to restore coastal wetlands, help communities reduce...

2008-05-05 12:00:00

By Richard A Webster It's safe to swim in Lake Pontchartrain. Seriously, said Andrea Calvin, program coordinator for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation. Recent bacterial readings on both the North and South shores fell well within the safe range as defined by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. But despite these assurances, many people still refuse to dip their toes into the lake. "I know some people think it will turn you green if you jump in," Calvin said. "But it...

2006-08-26 15:52:26

By Peter Henderson NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Louisiana's governor on Saturday said the state could not rest easy as Tropical Storm Ernesto churned through the Caribbean with the potential to strengthen and land in New Orleans around the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. "Our entire coast is on alert," Gov. Kathleen Blanco told a news conference during which she praised the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a year's worth of hard work fixing broken levees but acknowledged the...

2006-07-01 14:25:00

By Peter Henderson NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Never mind the hurricanes, it is rain New Orleans has to fear, say residents who fear inadequate repairs from Hurricane Katrina have opened the city to major flooding from less severe summer storms. As floods swept the U.S. East Coast this week, Louisiana Sen. David Vitter joined the New Orleans citizen chorus by sending a letter to President George W. Bush, saying the city could face renewed destruction because pumps built to keep it dry were in...

2006-05-01 07:40:00

By Jeffrey Jones NEW ORLEANS -- As a New Orleans firefighter, Randy Cookmeyer stayed on the job as Hurricane Katrina slammed the city on August 29. It was four days before he could go home, and by then he had to moor a boat to the rain gutter of his garage to retrieve clothes for his two sons. "I climbed up on my roof, cut a hole and got in through the attic because the water was up to the second-floor windows," Cookmeyer said outside his home, three blocks from where the storm surge ripped a...

2006-03-23 17:47:15

By Jeffrey Jones NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Mayor Ray Nagin said on Thursday he is confident that $770 million of levee repairs will protect most of New Orleans this hurricane season, but officials warned another Katrina-strength storm could swamp low-lying areas again. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is racing to meet a June 1 deadline -- the formal start to the hurricane season -- to have the 350 mile levee system protecting New Orleans and the surrounding area back to pre-Katrina...

2006-01-24 21:05:00

By Joan Gralla NEW YORK -- New Orleans leaders hope to hold a summit soon on one of the biggest questions facing the still-devastated city -- the rebuilding of the levees Hurricane Katrina fractured. "What we hear from business leaders and individuals is when are these levees going to be fixed, how strong are they going to be, and can I really decide about my future," said Mark Drennen, chief executive officer of Greater New Orleans, Inc., a nonprofit economic development group. The summit is...

2005-12-07 16:13:36

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Former U.S. Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton unveiled on Wednesday a $90 million aid program for universities and other organizations shuttered by Hurricane Katrina three months ago. The Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund announced a first grant of $30 million for 34 higher education institutions, including the University of New Orleans, Tulane University and Loyola University of New Orleans, as well as other universities and colleges across Mississippi and...

2005-11-29 14:20:00

In the latest issue of Restoration Ecology, researchers describe a new model for coastal development. Using survey data conducted in Lake Pontchartrain, LA, they created a Potential SAV (Submersed Aquatic Vegetation) model. It predicts potential habitat changes in SAV caused by the changes in water clarity or shoreface slopes as a result of natural disturbances or restoration efforts. Often, only the existing SAV beds are considered for conservation efforts. This model helped set a...

2005-10-03 14:31:35

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - High tides due to gusty winds threatened renewed flooding in storm-ravaged New Orleans, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said on Monday, but steps were being taken to prevent it. The Corps said it was closing two canals where levee breaches poured water into the city after Hurricane Katrina and adding sandbags to temporary levee repairs already in place. Strong east winds had pushed tides higher than normal, the Corps said in a statement, and water already was...


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penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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