Institute Welcomes Marisa Escudero and Joshua Lewis as New Fellow and Research Analyst
We are delighted to welcome Marisa Escudero to the Institute as our first post graduate research fellow. Marisa is a graduate of Loyola (New Orleans) Law School and has a Masters of Internation Environmental Law from George Washington University. Marisa will be with Institute for until May 2013 and will concentrate on water law and management issues in the Mississippi River corridor. We are grateful to the McKnight Foundation for their generous support of this fellowship.
We are also happy to welcome Joshua Lewis as a Research Analyst. Joshua is a PhD candidate at the University of Stockholm's Stockholm Resilience Center. His work concentrates on how major environmental traumas like Hurricane Katrina alter the civic and political landscape and influence the development of natural resources policy.
- Recent Publications and Presentations
- Institute Program Manager Ann Yoachim receives Loeb Fellowship to Harvard University for the 2012-2013 year. Ann Yoachim has been named as one of the recipients of a prestigious Loeb Fellowship to Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. As a Loeb Fellow Ann will expand on the work she has been doing at the Institute blending public health, community resilience, and water and climate risk to better understand and build sustainable urban centers.
- Institute Director Mark Davis was an invited participant at a Water and Federalism Conference, Harvard University, April 19-21, 2012. This invitational multi-disciplinary international gathering drew from five river systems around the world to begin a discussion to bridge the gap between the academic and applied worlds of water management.
- Institute Director Mark Davis gave a keynote address on water use in Louisiana to the Louisiana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society's annual meeting. May 17, 2012.
- Mark Davis addressed the 2012 Governmental Research Association Annual Meeting on the shifting role of water use in the United States. May 2, 2012.
- Mark Davis addressed the Big River Works confernce sponsored by the America's Wetland Foundation about the role and nature of interstate compacts in the future management of the Mississippi River. May 31, 2012.
- A Defining Resource: Louisiana's Place in the Emerging Water Economy, Davis and Wilkins, Loyola Law Review, Vol 57, 2011
- Coastal Restoration and Protection and the Future of New Orleans (Chapter 12 of Resilience and Opportunity, Brookings Institution Press, 2011)
- 2010-2011 Institute Annual Report
- 2009-2010 Institute Annual Report
- Upcoming Events
- .State of the Coast Conference. June 25-27, 2012, New Orleans, LA. For information and registration go to www.stateofthecoast.org .
Current Developments ( view archive )
- Water and Energy
- Louisiana Legislature unanimously passes Louisiana Master Plan for Coastal Protection and Restoration.Senate Concurrent Resolution 46, Regular Session 2012.
- Louisiana Legislature revamps, renames Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. House Bill 916, Regular Session 2012.
- Louisiana Legislature urges Louisiana State Law Institute to study laws governing surface and ground water use and management and to report recommendations to the Legislature in 2013. Senate Concurrent Resolution 53, Regular Session 2012.
- Louisiana Legislature requests Governor's Advisory Commission on Coastal Restoration, Protection and Conservation to review funding options for implenting 2012 Master Plan for Coastal Protection and Restoration. House Concurrent Resolution 144, Regular Session 2012.
- Louisiana Legislature extends the authority of the State to enter into cooperative agreements for the sale of surface water. House Bill 532, Regular Session 2012
- Louisiana Legislature creates Louisiana Water Resources Commission (revamping previous Ground Water Resources Commission) to study and recommend changes to Louisiana water law. Senate Bill 495, Regular Session 2012.