From Environmental defense fund
Two years after the worst environmental disaster in American history, there are numerous reports about the lingering, persistent damage from the 205 million gallon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that happened on April 20, 2010, and the urgent need to restore the unprecedented damage it caused.
The oil spill caused damage that the region is still trying to cope with. There are still reports of oil on Gulf Coast shorelines (see video at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TT9lt38TE8&feature=youtu.be and photos at: www.flickr.com/photos/nwfblogs/sets/72157629360752430/).
The silver lining is that the spill also brings an opportunity to restore the Gulf region, so that its ecosystems and the local communities and economies that depend on them, can all be strong again. Some of this restoration work is already underway, but there is still much more to do.
For these reasons, we have compiled important information on the spill all here in one place, as well as cut and pasted below. This document includes key facts about the spill, links to video and photo archives, background information on efforts to support restoration, and more. We also will be happy to put you in touch with scientific or policy experts at your convenience.
St. Bernard and FEMA
As repairs to St. Bernard Parish's early 20th century courthouse near completion, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today $638,677 in additional funding for the Katrina-related restoration work. This new funding brings the agency's total monetary support to more than $7.5 million for the noteworthy project. The historic courthouse, known as "St. Bernard's Old Courthouse," dates back to 1915 and served as the parish's first courthouse until 1939. More recently, prior to Hurricane Katrina, St. Bernard Parish leased the courthouse facility to the local public school board for use as Beauregard Middle School. For this reason, the facility is also commonly referred to as the "Old Beauregard Middle School." Located on Bayou Road and Beauregard Lane in St. Bernard, the courthouse was flooded by an estimated 8 feet of water during Katrina, causing extensive damages to the historic facility. Nearly seven years later, it is now returning to the community after undergoing successful recovery measures.
"This landmark project, involving one of the parish's most important historic buildings, is the result of the successful collaboration between the parish government, the state and FEMA's public assistance and historic preservation groups," said FEMA's Louisiana Recovery Office Deputy Director of Programs Andre Cadogan. "In the end, the courthouse's original and historic features will be repaired while returning the building's functional, pre-Katrina use as an educational facility." To date, including this recent grant, FEMA has provided approximately $1.7 billion in public assistance funding for recovery work related to hurricanes Katrina and Rita throughout St. Bernard Parish.
The May 4, 2012, deadline for nominations for the Angel Award® is rapidly approaching. The Angel Award, presented by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, annually recognizes Louisianians who go beyond the call of duty in their volunteer efforts to improve the lives of our state’s at-risk children. Because making a difference in Louisiana’s communities requires time and money, the Angel Award includes a $20,000 grant for each honoree’s charity.
The deadline for nominations is May 4, 2012. To nominate someone or learn more about the Angel Award, visit the Foundation’s website, www.ourhomelouisiana.org, and click on Programs, then The Angel Award.
Superior Farms announced today an expanded partnership with Colorado Box Beef Company Co. (CBBC), a Florida-based distributor of protein and food products for the Southern US market. Customers in Florida and the south will now receive the service of a regional distributor coupled with the resources of the largest lamb company in North America. In Florida and the Southern US, CBBC will handle all aspects of customer service, sales, and delivery of the Superior Farms brand of lamb and veal. The location is ideal for serving Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, the Carolinas, the Caribbean, and other international markets.
More than 2,000 Sailors, Marines and Coastguardsmen will arrive here Tuesday, as the sea services join with the City of New Orleans to begin commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. The site of the greatest land battle of the war, New Orleans will see the ceremonial arrival of nine ships Tuesday afternoon: three U.S. Navy warships, three international warships, and three tall sailing ships led by the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle. The ships will open for free public tours April 18-22. Other events throughout the week include a seafood cook-off competition featuring local celebrity chefs teamed with military culinary specialists Friday afternoon at Woldenberg Park, and community outreach and volunteer events throughout the week. The week will culminate in an air show over Lake Pontchartrain on Saturday and Sunday, featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. A complete schedule of tours and other events open free to the public can be found at nolanavyweek.com, including tickets to Friday night’s War of 1812 Gala at the National World War II Museum.
14th Annual Salute to Survivors Luncheon Fri, April 27th 11:30am Doors Open Noon Luncheon
Pavilion of Two Sisters, City Park free parking Tickets available now! click here for the reservation form
Special Guest: Master of Ceremonies:
Hoda Kotb Karen Swensen
Announcement of 2012-2013 Komen New Orleans Grants Volunteer of the Year. Support Angel of the Year. Survivor of the Year
Nancy Brinker began Susan G. Komen for the Cure as a promise to her sister. Her goal was one day to find a cure for breast cancer.
Event Sponsorships Include:
Event Sponsor $3,000** Patron Table Sponsor $1,000 (Table for Ten)** Individual Patron Sponsor $100.00 per Ticket**
**Sponsors at the above levels will be invited to a Patron After-Party Champagne Reception for our honored guests.
Table Sponsor $600 (Table for Ten) Individual Tickets to the Luncheon $50 per Ticket
Submit your award nominations for the 2011 Volunteer of the Year, Support Angel of the Year and Survivor of the Year.
The Anticipated Return of The Joffrey Ballet
The season closes with the return of The Joffrey Ballet, which donated their services in 2006 so NOBA could bring a main stage season of dance back to New Orleans. For more than a half-century, The Joffrey Ballet has been an American ballet treasure. Last seen in New Orleans at Dixon Hall, this sensational company of returns in grand style with 35 stunning dancers. The elegant program highlights the bold and refreshing talents of rising choreographic star Edwaard Liang with Age of Innocence, an emotionally-charged new work inspired by the social complexities of life in the era of Jane Austen. Also on the program is Jerome Robbin’s enchanting romantic masterwork In the Night, a passionate ballet featuring a series of three pas de deux set to the live accompaniment of Chopin Nocturnes. Closing the evening is Incantation, a new work premiering this spring by Val Caniparoli, whose “uncommon ability and rare dramatic vision” (Dance Magazine) make him one of the most sought after American choreographers in the United States and abroad.
Single tickets are currently on sale for $20-$80. Students with a valid ID and seniors (65 or older) receive $7 off ticket price. Group discounts are available. Tickets may be purchased by calling the NOBA Box Office at (504) 522-0996 or online at www.nobadance.com.