Institute Hires New Postgraduate Fellow
We are pleased to announce that Tulane Law School class of 2013 grad Harry Vorhoff has begun his twelve month fellowship this week. Harry is a native New Orleanian (because fellow New Orleanians are asking in their heads right now, he went to Ben Franklin HS) who already has varied experience with water law and water management in New Orleans. Harry worked with us as a student researcher and did extensive work as part of the team who crafted the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan for managing water in the city. He is also Vice-President of Friends of Lafitte Corridor. Welcome, Harry!
Institute and Director Mark Davis Featured in New Documentary "MRGOing, GOING, GONE"
The new documentary “MRGO-ING, GOING GONE?” traces decades of efforts to close the notorious channel. And Senior Research Fellow Mark Davis, Director of Tulane Law School’s Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy, plays a role in pointing out the moral responsibility that comes with making policy decisions affecting the environment along with business and civic interests. WYES-TV/Channel 12 is set to begin airing the documentary Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.
Institute Names New Program Manager
We are happy to announce that effective September 1, Christopher Dalbom will become the new Program Manager at the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy. Chris is no stranger to the Institute or the Law School having received his JD here in 2012 and served a one year post graduate fellowship with the Institute over the past year.
Chris’s responsibilities will range from assisting with the Institute’s ongoing survey of state and federal water laws in the Mississippi River corridor to deepening our cross campus, interuniversity, and community working relationships. Central to that work will be Chris’s role in helping to better link water law, policy, and science through joint programming with the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research (whose support for this position we gratefully acknowledge).
Partial funding for this position was made possible from The McKnight Foundation.
We look forward to continuing to serve the water resources community.
Institute Partners on Urban Water Plan for New Orleans
The Urban Water Plan was administered by NGO, Inc. and led by architectural firm Waggoner and Ball. The Plan addresses groundwater and stormwater as critical factors in shaping a safe, livable, and beautiful city. Institute Director Mark Davis and Institute student researchers Henry Vorhoff and Frederic Augonnet participated in Plan development for several months in 2012-13.
Institute Director Mark Davis Named to Louisiana Water Resources Commission
In June, Institute Director Mark Davis was appointed by Governor Bobby Jindal to the Water Resources Commission. Mark will have to be confirmed by the Senate in the Fall.
TULANE WATER LAW INSTITUTE RELEASES RESTORE ACT WHITE PAPER: “Promise, Purpose, and Challenge: Putting the RESTORE Act into Context for the Communities and Ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico”
The Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy has released a White Paper looking at how the RESTORE Act will work and its implications on the ecosystems and communities of the Gulf. The paper, “Promise, Purpose, and Challenge: Putting the RESTORE Act into Context for the Communities and Ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico”, is aimed at improving the public’s understanding about the Act and how it will work.
The RESTORE Act was enacted by Congress in 2012 and redirects ta portion of the Clean Water Act administrative and civil penalties flowing from the Deep Water Horizon disaster to the Gulf Coast for ecologic restoration, economic sustainability, and the encouragement of Gulf oriented science.
According to Institute Director Mark Davis, “The RESTORE Act is an unprecedented redirection of Clean Water Act penalties and like most unprecedented things comes with limitations, questions, and new responsibilities. The Act can help make many good things happen but there are many needs it won’t touch. It will take concerted effort and meaningful public engagement to deliver on the promise of this Act. While no one wants future spills, history teaches that we will have them. Whether future Clean Water Act dollars will go to improving the areas impacted by those spills will turn largely on whether the RESTORE Act is an experiment the country thinks was a success.”
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Promise, Purpose, and Challenge: Putting the RESTORE Act into Context for the Communities and Ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico,” a white paper by the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy. April 8, 2013.
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Water Resources Commission Meeting
LaSalle Building, LaBelle Room
617 North 3rd
Baton Rouge, LA
February 21-23, 2014
Tulane Environmental Law Summit
Tulane Law School
New Orleans, LA