Stories

The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 27,000 investigative stories.

Most of our stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center directly at 573-882-3364 or rescntr@ire.org where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.

Search results for "marshes" ...

  • Losing Louisiana

    The Times-Picayune found that over the next 100 years the natural sinking of soft marsh soils could result in making New Orleans an island. Hundreds of miles of Louisiana coastline would be wiped out and sea-level will rise over time as the soil falls.
  • Shell game

    An exhaustive investigation into the Caernarvon Freshwater Diversion Project, a state-backed project that destroyed oyster crops by dumping fresh water in commercial oyster marshes, and the lawsuit that followed. Most oyster marshes make only $25,000 in the very best of years. However, after the marshes were destroyed by the Project, a jury decided that $1.3 billion should be awarded as compensation for about 160 farmers who lost their marshes.
  • Rescuing the River

    A Journal News investigative series reports on the Environmental Protection Agency's $460-million plan "to perform the largest environmental dredging project in the nation's history on a 40-mile section of the Upper Hudson River." The river was contaminated with PCBs, deadly chemicals that have been dumped in the water by General Electric for decades. The toxins destroyed fishing and tainted a Mohawk reservation. The stories question the cost and effectiveness of the dredging plan, which "might not remove PCBs from the river but it would destroy marshes...." The investigation documents the GE high-dollar lobbying and advertising efforts in favor of the argument that "the river will clean itself."
  • (Untitled)

    Baton Rouge Morning Advocate reports on the threats to a small area of Louisiana that has the largest plant diversity in the continental U.S., clearcutting of forests and the filling in of marshes and wetlands is the reason why Louisiana is losing 80 percent of the coastal wetlands being lost in the United States, 1991.
  • (Untitled)

    Morning Advocate (Baton Rouge) runs series on the effects of saltwater brine from oilfield operations that is being pumped into freshwater and coastal marshes; the marshes are being destroyed and officials are doing little to stop the practice, Dec. 28-30, 1987.