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CSRS to design new community for first U.S. 'climate refugees'

By: Daily Report Staff

Date: 09/25/2017

State officials have selected Baton Rouge-based CSRS Inc. to design a new community for residents of Isle de Jean Charles, who last year became the first "climate refugees" in the U.S.

State Names CSRS Inc. as Master Planner to Oversee Design of Isle De Jean Charles Resettlement Community

Date: 09/25/2017

Next Phase of High-Profile Resilient Community Plan Begins Now Louisiana’s Office of Community Development is announcing that CSRS Inc. will serve as the master planner to design a new community for the residents of Isle de Jean Charles. The firm won a competitive proposal process as part of a project that continues to garner attention as...

Let's Beat It

By: Brian Barth

Date: 09/19/2017

In Southern Louisiana, Evans + Lighter Landscape Architecture is helping the people of Isle de Jean Charles move away from a disappearing coast. 

Sites for Relocating island residents narrowed to three

By: Garrett Ohlmeyer

Date: 07/11/2017

Isle de Jean Charles residents and state officials have narrowed possible relocation sites for the community to three in the Schriever area.

As This Town Slips into Sea, a $48 Million Rescue Runs into Obstacles

By: Christopher Flavelle

Date: 07/03/2017

There was a fight coming and everyone knew it, so the reverend asked his guests to start with a prayer. "Dear Lord, here we gather to consider ways and means that we might be relocated," began Roch Naquin, who lives in Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana a town slipping into the sea and the site of a radical federal policy experiment. 

First US climate change refugees prepare to relocate in louisiana

By: Charis Chang

Date: 06/12/2017

Rising sea levels attributed to climate change is forcing a whole American town to relocate, and many others may soon have to follow. In January the US Government announced it would spend $63 million to help residents of Isle de Jean Charles in the southern state of Louisiana to move from their homes as coastal erosion threatens to sink the entire...

An Island in Louisiana's Bayou is Vanishing; And its residents are fleeing to higher ground

By: Peter O'Dowd

Date: 06/05/2017

Since the middle of the last century more than 90 percent of Isle de Jean Charleshas dissolved into the southern Louisiana bayou. The island, which is connected to the outside world by a road that's known to flood in perfect weather, is home to a tribe of Native americans who have fished and hunted there since the 1800s.

Facing Climate Change on the Louisiana Bayous—in pictures

By: Amir Levy

Date: 05/27/2017

Isle de Jean Charles in Louisiana is home to a Native American community who fished, hunted, trapped and farmed the land. But since 1955, more than 90% of the island's original land mass has washed away, the loss caused by logging, oil exploration, hurricanes and ineffective flood control.

A new home: Work continues in effort to relocate island residents

By: Garrett Ohlmeyer

Date: 04/08/2017

Rita Falgout grew up on Isle de Jean Charles, left and returned after 40 years. When she came back for good, she said, it looked totally different. "The island is not going to be here for much longer," she said in an interview there last week. "If I can move up, I'm going."