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Rebuilding the Gulf Coast

Washington considers bills to aid Louisiana recovery. Critics say the proposed coastal restoration funding is inadequate and fear environmental laws may be waived during recovery efforts.

Future Outlook

To guard against future hurricanes, engineers will have to rethink New Orleans' flawed protection system. Scientists are looking not just at man-made defenses, but also, to restoring Louisiana's wetlands as natural storm barriers.

Future Outlook

To guard against future hurricanes, engineers will have to rethink New Orleans' flawed protection system. Scientists are looking not just at man-made defenses, but also to restoring Louisiana's wetlands as natural storm barriers.

Chalmette's Troubled Vista

The Chalmette Vista neighborhood outside New Orleans sits on the fence line of an oil refinery. Many former residents haven't returned since the floods of Hurricane Katrina. New technology that measures pollution is showing that current Chalmette resident

Saving the Cypress

Cypress trees aren't just great ingredients for good gardening, they're also important storm barriers on the Gulf Coast.

Sea Turtle Relocation

Conservation groups are helping the US Fish and Wildlife service to relocate sea turtle nests from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Coast. They hope that this will protect most of this year's turtle hatchlings who would otherwise stand little chance of

Oil in the Air

The oil in the Gulf isn't just poisoning the water. It's also poisoning the air. The EPA has been monitoring air quality along the Gulf coast widely since the spill began, but a local advocacy group, the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, says its data has gaps.

Gulf Oil and Gulf Restoration

The road to recovery for the Gulf of Mexico starts with the wetlands. Conservationists and state officials say a long-term, large-scale plan to restore Louisiana's marshes is the way to heal the damage.