CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES: RESTORING THE LOUISIANA COAST

Premieres on Wednesday, July 3, 2024 at 9pm on WYES-TV and will stream on wyes.org/live and on the WYES app and PBS app.

The 30-minute program will repeat on Mon., July 8 at 9pm; Wed., July 10 at 3pm; Sun., July 14 at 10am; Wed., July 24 at 10pm ; Sat., July 27 at 5pm

WYES-TV launched a multi-part series in June 2023 delving into the challenges and opportunities facing the coastal communities of south Louisiana. CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES: THE LOUISIANA COAST was the first in the series.

The second installment of the WYES series CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES: RESTORING THE LOUISIANA COAST premiering on Wed., July 3, 2024 at 9pm explores how efforts to restore and protect the state’s coastline range from the projects in the multimillion-dollar coastal master plan to volunteer efforts to help bring back our coastal forests.

Both are produced and hosted by Marcia Kavanaugh. Lenny Delbert Sr. is editor.

Also featured in the episode are a growing local recycling business turning glass into sand to use in coastal rebuilding projects and a state coastal advocacy group working with local restaurants to reuse oyster shells to build reefs that combat storm surge.


Interviewed in CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES: RESTORING THE LOUISIANA COAST:

Steve Mathies
Stantec Global Practice Leader for Coastal Restoration

Michael Hecht
GNO, Inc, President & CEO

Fiona Lightbody
Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, Oyster Shell Recycling Program Coordinator

Carlo Clesi
Clesi’s Seafood, Co-Owner

Franziska Trautmann
Glass Half Full, Co-Founder & CEO

Bill Haines
The Meraux Foundation, Board Member

Blaise Pezold
The Meraux Foundation, Coastal & Environmental Program Director

Michael Massimi
Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, Invasive Species and Marine Programs Coordinator

Archie Chaisson, III
Lafourche Parish, Parish President

Jonathan Foret
South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center, Executive Director

Haley Gamble
Louisiana Sea Grant, Area Agent, Southwest Region (Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes)

Kerry St. Pe
Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, Retired Director

Duane Bourgeois
North Lafourche Levee District, Executive Director

Theresa Dardar
Pointe-au-Chene Tribal member and advocate for the restoration and protection of Louisiana coastal areas, but also for the people and communities who call coastal Louisiana home.


Featured in CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES: RESTORING THE LOUISIANA COAST:

Producer and host Marcia Kavanaugh

Blaise Pezold of The Meraux Foundation shows cypress tree saplings.

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, a state coastal advocacy group, works with local restaurants to reuse oyster shells to build reefs that combat storm surge.

Oyster shell recycling programs keep shells out of landfills and slows coastal land loss.

Grassroots glass recycling program Glass Half Full is leading the state’s efforts in recycling glass into sand and gravel for disaster relief and coastal restoration.


CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES: THE LOUISIANA COAST premiered June 2023.

The first episode focused on the states’ updated Coastal Master Plan. Producer and host Marcia Kavanaugh welcomed environment reporter Mark Schleifstein, environment columnist Bob Marshall and environment reporter Halle Parker to discuss how the most recent state plan addresses the threat to coastal Louisiana due to the loss of wetlands, land subsidence and sea level rise.

The combination of climate change, land erosion and subsidence, sea level rise and more frequent and ferocious storms has created an existential threat to communities along the Gulf Coast. Louisiana is confronting the problem with strategic planning involving land building and community relocation while nurturing the development of industries focused on coastal preservation, resilience, sustainability and alternative energy resources.

WATCH THE FIRST EPISODE — PREMIERED JUNE 21, 2023:


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