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Mark Davis

Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy and Director of the Tulane University ByWater Institute
BS Indiana University, JD Indiana University, MLT Georgetown University

E-mail:  msdavis@tulane.edu
Telephone:  504.865.5982
Office: Law School Annex, Room: 103 and Lindy Boggs Center, Room 627


A widely consulted and quoted authority on water law and management, Mark Davis joined Tulane Law School in 2007 as a senior research fellow and founding director of the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy. In 2017 he also became the director of Tulane’s ByWater Institute which is focused the interdisciplinary aspects of water stewardship and community resilience. He lectures widely on water resource management, is directly involved in helping Louisiana overhaul its long-term water planning and has testified frequently before Congress on the need for a focused and effective commitment to the viability of coastal Louisiana and other vital natural treasures.

Davis spent 14 years as executive director of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, where he helped shape programs and policies at the state and federal level to improve the stewardship of the wetlands and waters of coastal Louisiana. He has practiced law in Indianapolis, the District of Columbia and Chicago and has taught at the Indiana University (Indianapolis) School of Business and the IIT-Chicago Kent School of Law in Chicago.

Professor Davis' CV

Spring - Environmental Law: Water Resources Law & Policy

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citylab.com, "New Orleans Is Done Fighting Water," 01/29/16
WGNO-TV, "All eyes on the Bonnet Carre," 1/4/16 
The Times-Picayune, "Pushing to improve the Mississippi River watershed's economy and environment," 12/4/15
dailycomet.com, "Houma Indians continue quest for federal recognition," 11/26/15
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Native Americans in Louisiana swamps seek tribal recognition," 11/25/15
WWNO, "Restoration Work Profitable For 'Mitigation Banks'," 11/23/15
The Lens, "BP settlement brings unprecedented money to coastal restoration efforts," 11/12/15
The Times-Picayune, "Louisiana's 50-year coastal master plan seen as $71 billion short," 11/6/15
Louisiana Record, "New Louisiana water code committee to address concerns with outdated laws," 11/2/15
Indy Star, "New Orleans safer after Katrina, but not safe: Our View," 08/25/15
International Business Times, "Closer Than Ever To The Water’s Edge," 08/24/15
The Lens, "Rebuilt levees don’t meet goal to protect New Orleans against Category 5 hurricane," 08/19/15
New York Times, "How to Save a Sinking Coast? Katrina Created a Laboratory," 08/07/15
NPR, "As States Ready Disaster Plans, Feds Urge Them To Consider Climate Change," 05/19/15
CQ, "High Hopes For a Gulf Rescue," 02/02/15
Scientific American, "Science Meets Voodoo in a New Orleans Festival of Water," 10/19/14
WVUE-TV, "Louisiana coastal plan may be more a pipe dream than reality," 09/25/14
KTBS-TV, "Louisiana’s water agreements might not fully protect resource claims," 08/15/14
ArkLaTex Homepage, "Managing Louisiana’s water systems," 08/14/14
Los Angeles Times, "Louisiana's ambitious coastal vision," Monday, March 12, 2012
Associated Press/Yahoo News, "BP faces billions in fines as spill trial nears," Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Huffington Post, "Views Collide at Meeting on Louisiana's Coastal Plan," Thursday, February 2, 2012
"The Garland Robinette Show." On-Air Host Garland Robinette. Prod. Helen Centanni. Dir. Diane Newman. WWL AM 870/FM 105.3 News, Talk & Sports Leader, New Orleans, 31 January 2012.
The Louisiana Weekly, "Views Collide At Meeting On Louisiana's Coastal Plan," January 30, 2012 edition
WWNO, "Coastal Master Plan Draws Critics, And Some Praise," Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The Times-Picayune, "Fishers say coastal master plan could destroy their livelihoods," Monday, January 23, 2012
The Houston Chronicle, "Restoring the Gulf: difficult and expensive," Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The Houston Chronicle, "Feds set to release gulf restoration plan," Sunday, December 4, 2011
The Commercial Appeal, Op-ed/Special to Viewpoint, "Nation needs a fresh view of its rivers," Thursday, August 11, 2011
Tulane New Wave, "Art Looks Through Water," Wednesday, June 29, 2011
video icon   USA Today, "Flood-piled silt poses shipping threat along Mississippi," Thursday, June 9, 2011
Tulane New Wave, "One River, Two Floods," Friday, June 3, 2011
NPR affiliate WWNO, "Flood Stage 2011: The Rising Mississippi," Wednesday, May 18, 2011
video iconWWL TV: Sunday Edition, "Rising River Levels," Monday, May 16, 2011
CNN, "Historic Opening of Spillway," Saturday, May 14, 2011
Levees Not War, "New Orleans Is Most Likely Safe from River Flooding," Thursday, May 12, 2011
Fox 8 News, "Geological Impact of Morganza Spillway opening," Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Times-Picayune, "President Obama's State of the Union address will focus on jobs," Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Time, Time Frames, "Katrina: A Man-Made Disaster," Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Los Angeles Times, "Oil spill penalties should go to Gulf Coast, advisors say," Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader, "Panel calls for spending BP penalty money on restoring Gulf Coast," Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Reuters, "Why the coast is key to the survival of New Orleans," Friday, August 27, 2010
Times-Picayune, "Extent of oil spills from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita is still being assessed," Thursday, August 19, 2010
Tulane New Wave, "Katrina + 5: Recovery to Transformation," Friday, August 13, 2010
The Times-Picayune, "Sandra Bullock continues in Women of the Storm's Restore the Gulf campaign," Wednesday, August 11, 2010
WWSB ABC 7 (Sarasota), "BP tries to limit release of oil spill research," Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Times-Picayune, "Finally some good news for Louisiana and its disappearing coast," Monday, July 26, 2010
Town Talk (Alexandria), "Feds work to put price tag on spill damage," Friday, July 23, 2010
Bismarck Tribune, "BP tries to limit release of oil spill research," Friday, July 23, 2010
WBUR (Boston) (NPR), "A Love-Hate History: Oil And Fishing In The Gulf," Thursday, July 22, 2010
Times-Picayune, "Bayou Trepagnier cleanup to begin next year," Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Baton Rouge Business Report, "Stress test," Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Tulane New Wave, "Moment of Truth," Friday, June 25, 2010
NPR: All Things Considered, Interview [5 min 11 sec], "Oil Industry: Integral To Louisiana Culture And Economy For Decades," Friday, June 18, 2010
New York Times, "Efforts to Repel Gulf Oil Spill Are Described as Chaotic," Tuesday, June 15, 2010
WILL-AM 580: Illinois Public Radio, Interview, "Regulatory Issues in the Gulf Oil Spill: Who Failed? When? Where Do We Go from Here?" Monday, June 14, 2010
Tri-Parish Times, "Washington's 'roadmap' lacks a clear pathway," Friday, June 11, 2010
USA Today, "Oil-containment effort's success hard to gauge," Friday, May 7, 2010
The Times-Picayune, "Safety fluid was removed before oil rig exploded in Gulf," Thursday, May 06, 2010
Cleveland.com, "Gulf of Mexico oil spill may damage seafood industry for years," Monday, May 3, 2010
Times-Picayune, "Louisiana fishers fear lasting damage to livelihoods from Gulf oil spill," Friday, April 30, 2010
CBN News, "Oil Spill Reaches La. Coast, Threatens Ecosystem," Friday, April 30, 2010
USA Today, "Coast Guard to burn off spilled oil," Tuesday, April 27, 2010
ABC News, Interview (1:42/ 2:05), "Oil Rig Clean up Begins," Friday, April 23, 2010
Tri-Parish Times, "Washington's 'roadmap' lacks a clear pathway," Monday, April 5, 2010
Daily World, "Coastal 'roadmap' a needed step," Monday, March 8, 2010
Tallahassee.com, "Sue Gross: Promise of drilling jobs is an empty one," Friday, March 5, 2010
The Houston Chronicle, "Obama lays out 'roadmap' to restore Gulf Coast," Thursday, March 4, 2010
Southeast Missourian, "Katrina ruling could bring deluge of lawsuits," Friday, November 20, 2009
Christian Science Monitor, "Army Corps liable for Katrina damage, US court finds," Thursday, November 19, 2009
AP, USA Today, Green Wire: Interviews on the MRGO decision handed down [Wednesday, November 11, 2009]
the Advocate, Baton Rouge, "Panel: Gulf, river interdependent," Tuesday, October 20, 2009
FOX 8 Live, WVUE-TV New Orleans, "Ocean task force looks onshore," Monday, October 19, 2009
USA Today, "Several Louisiana hurricane projects lag," Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Washington Post, "Gulf Waters Imperil Tribes' Way of Life In Louisiana Bayous As Wetlands Shrink, Oil and Gas Jobs Replace Farming, Fishing and Trapping," Monday, July 20, 2009
NPR, "'Mr. Go' Trial Tests U.S. Liability For NOLA Flooding," Friday, May 15, 2009
The Christian Science Monitor, "'First real trial' about Katrina under way: A lawsuit claiming that the Army Corps of Engineers made the flooding worse starts today," April 20, 2009 edition
New Orleans CityBusiness, "Army still working on panel to supervise corps' coastal work," Thursday, April 2, 2009
The American Prospect, "NAPOLITANO MISSES ESSENCE OF NEW ORLEANS PROBLEM," Monday, March 30, 2009
The Times-Picayune, "Coastal restoration advocate King Milling wins T-P Loving Cup," Saturday, March 21, 2009
Times-Picayune, "Corps releases Category 5 hurricane protection study, but document contains no action plan," Thursday, March 05, 2009
Daily Reveille, "Planning needed for state?s flood protection systems," Thursday, January 22, 2009
Times-Picayune: Point of View, "Rebuilding coast requires hard choices," Saturday, November 29, 2008
Gambit Weekly, "Waiting for the Go: Louisiana is poised to become a leader in environmental restoration ? so why aren't the state and federal governments coming up with policies and money to make it happen?" Tuesday, November 18, 2008
USA Today, "Coastal rebuilding awash in debate," Thursday, October 9, 2008
A Political Wind Gambit Weekly, "Bolstered by the gusts of hurricanes past, Gustav is sending another surge of change across Louisiana's political landscape," Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Chicago Tribune, "La. losing ground in fight against storms: Loss of protective buffer of marshland muck?eaten away by the dredging of waterways and cutting of canals?leaves parishes vulnerable to devastation," Sunday, September 7, 2008
The Times-Picayune, " 'Close call' Gustav could delay future storm protection," Saturday September 06, 2008
[interview with] EarthBeat Radio, "Hurricanes Hitting the Gulf," Tuesday, September 2, 2008
The Times-Picayune, "River states can work together to rebuild coast," Friday, July 25, 2008
USA Today, "Worth the risk? Debate on offshore drilling heats up," Sunday, July 13, 2008
Houmatoday.com, "Funding squeeze puts La. levee building at risk," Tuesday, July 1, 2008
CNN.com, "Giving Louisiana's wetlands a fighting chance," Friday, June 20, 2008
USA Today, "Time, money press La. storm project," Wednesday, May 28, 2008
The Times-Picayune, "Freshwater diversion plans delayed," Thursday, April 17, 2008
The Times Picayune, "Motiva to spend $10 million to clean up polluted bayou: Lake Pontchartrain may share in benefits," Friday, February 15, 2008
The Associated Press, "Dismissed Katrina levee suit may be harbinger for other cities," Thursday, January 31 2008
Times Picayune, "Corps will close the MrGO sooner than expected," December 19, 2007
The Associated Press, "Water bill benefits hurricane-hit Louisiana," November 8, 2007
In These Times, "Scorned on the Bayou: Louisianans fear a new plan to restore costal wetlands could destroy their way of life," September 5, 2007
The Times-Picayune, "New Dance: The New Orleans ‘Slow Down’", May 14, 2007
The Times-Picayune, "New Dance: The New Orleans 'slow down,'" April 30, 2007
The Times-Picayune, "cutting red tape: Lengthy approval process holds back coastal restoration in Louisiana," April 22, 2007
The Times Picayune, "White House opposes Morganza levee project," April 11, 2007
TIME magazine, "On the Front Lines Of Climate Change," March 30, 2007
The Times Picayune, "LAYING THE GROUNDWORK: Success stories like the Atchafalaya River Basin hold the promise of restoring lost wetlands," March 06, 2007
The Times Picayune, “Last chance Day 2: Losing ground,” March 5, 2007
The Times-Picayune, “Where immunity comes from: Will sweeping coastal restoration projects make us more vulnerable to bad government decisions?” February 26, 2007
The Associated Press, "Mark Davis leaving Coastal Coalition for new Tulane post," December 4, 2006
The Times-Picayune, "Lawyer tapped to lead Tulane's water resources law institute: Focus will be on post-storm challenges," Tuesday, November 14, 2006
New Orleans CityBusiness, "WRDA override lacks funds," Monday, November 12, 2007
Newhouse News Service, "Last Chance: Louisiana Loses Ground In Fight Against Vanishing Coastline," Wednesday March 07, 2007

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