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Institute News 

TULANE WATER LAW INSTITUTE & ENVIRONMENTAL LAW INSTITUTE RELEASE NEW WHITE PAPER: "Funding Deepwater Horizon Restoration and Recovery Funds: How Much, Going Where, For What?"

We are excited to announce the publication of our new white paper on Gulf of Mexico recovery. Four years after the Deepwater Horizon spill, the white paper outlines the different funding processes in place today and explores how they intersect. A clear understanding of the mosaic of processes is essential to achieve sustainable, long-term restoration that supports healthy ecosystems and thriving coastal communities.

The white paper is co-authored by the Environmental Law Institute and the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy. We would also like to thank the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research for their support of the Tulane Water Law Institute, which helped make this work possible. 

 

New Study Measures Revenue Created by Coastal Master Plan

Everybody seems to like the idea of restoring ecosystems (curiously often more that conserving them) but the work tends to be frightfully expensive. Finding the dollars to do “restoration work” (often times “rehabilitation” would be a more accurate term) is hard to do in these days of tight budgets (case in point the proposed cuts in federal water spending) and deep skepticism of governmental programs. But a new report issued by former University of New Orleans Chancellor and economist Timothy Ryan, PhD. makes the case that restoration spending will yield jobs and revenues well in excess of the cost the restoration work—in coastal Louisiana at least. Without commenting on the report itself we do note that it does commendable service for the putting the cost of implementing these public works efforts into their context. The ultimate question should not be what is their cost but rather is there a benefit worthy of the investment. The report was commissioned but, according to Dr. Ryan, not influenced by the advocacy group Restore Louisiana Now, Inc.

Tulane Water Law at State of the Coast 2014

Institute Director Mark Davis will be a busy man at this week's conference. He is a panelist in the following sessions:
Building Resiliency Workshop I. March 18, 10:30-12:00.
Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan. March 18, 1:30-3:00.
Tulane University's Grand Challenge-Water Innovationers to Reduce Hypoxia and Restore Water. March 19, 12:00-1:30
The Master Plan's Dark Matter: the Non-Structural Program (Panel Discussion). March 19, 3:30-5:00.

Institute Program Manager Chris Dalbom will be slightly less busy and is a panelist and presenter for The Master Plan's Dark Matter: the Non-Structural Program (Panel Discussion). March 19, 3:30-5:00.

 

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!

 

 

Recent Publications and Presentations  

  • TUWaterWays: 
  • July 23, 2014
  • July 16, 2014 
  • July 8, 2014 
  • July 1, 2014 
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    Papers: 

     "At the Borders--The New Horizons of Water Management and Water Law," Mark S. Davis, Indiana International & Comparative Law Review, Vol. 24 No 1 2014.

    "Funding Deepwater Horizon Restoration & Recovery: How Much, Going Where, For What?" a white paper by the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy and the Environmental Law Institute. May 7, 2014.

    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.   

     

     

     

    Upcoming Events  

    July 21, 2014
    Chicago Water Summit
    Chicago, IL

    November 1-6, 2014
    Restore America’s Estuaries and Coastal Society Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration
    Gaylord National Convention Center
    Washington, DC

     

     



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