LDMA Highlights Louisiana’s Environment

In honor of Earth Day on April 22nd, the Louisiana Digital Media Archive (LDMA) is highlighting stories on Louisiana’s environment throughout the month of April.  Louisiana is known for its natural beauty and ecological diversity, but the state faces challenges, often man-made, that threaten the future of these habitats.  From the beginning, LPB has provided in-depth coverage of environmental issues ranging from hazardous waste disposal and pollution to conservation, coastal land loss, and disasters.  Start exploring some of our best stories on the environment at http://ladigitalmedia.org.

Featured stories include:

THE SILENT DISASTER (1978)

A special report from Louisiana: The State We’re In on hazardous waste disposal in Louisiana, including the death of teenager Kirtley Jackson at a pit in Bayou Sorrel.

 STORING NUCLEAR WASTE (1978)

A story from Louisiana: The State We’re In on a federal study into the feasibility of storing nuclear waste in Louisiana salt domes.

ATCHAFALAYA BASIN BATTLE (1979)

Louisiana: The State We’re In report on the federal government’s controversial proposal to take over land in the Atchafalaya Basin in order to preserve the wetlands.

AIR POLLUTION (1980)

A report from Louisiana: The State We’re In on the possible connection between air pollution and the state’s high lung cancer rate.

WATER QUALITY (1981)

Louisiana: The State We’re In report on the quality of the drinking water pulled from the Mississippi River in New Orleans and the surrounding parishes.

ACID RAIN (1982)

Louisiana: The State We’re In story on the discovery of acid rain in Louisiana and the plans for a monitoring program.

SAVING THE SWAMP (1984)

A story from Louisiana: The State We’re In on Southeastern Louisiana University’s establishment of the Turtle Cove Biological Research Station at Pass Manchac.

THE ENVIRONMENT (2005)

In this episode of Louisiana Public Square, see a group of Louisiana residents and a panel of experts discuss the impact of the petrochemical industry on the state’s environment.

CRISIS ON THE COAST (2010)

In this special episode of Louisiana Public Square from Plaquemines Parish, see a discussion on the impact of the BP Oil Spill on south Louisiana.

TURNING THE TIDE (2011)

The award-winning LPB documentary that explores the causes of coastal erosion in Louisiana and the proposed strategies for coastal restoration

The Louisiana Digital Media Archive (LDMA) is the online home of the Louisiana Public Broadcasting Digital Collection and the Louisiana State Archives Multimedia Collection. This is the first project in the nation to combine the media collections of a public broadcaster and a state archives.

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