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When you visit New Orleans Bring a SOS , a suitcase of sediment! We need it to restore the wetlands. Louisiana is losing 24 square miles of valuable wetlands per year due to lack of new sediment. If you cannot bring us some dirt please write your congressman and ask him to start major restoration projects today. We cannot afford to procrastinate any longer.
CWPPRA Project BA-38 is restoring 1,117 acres of barrier beach and marsh
east of Grand Isle, Louisiana. The use of piped dredge material such as
used in this project should be expanded.
Nine months have passed since Hurricane Katrina, yet no major marsh restoration projects have begun. To rebuild south Louisiana we need to restore the marsh first.
With Hurricane season starting in 7 days we show Storm surge modeling expert, Ivor van Heerden, Deputy Director of the LSU Hurricane Center, looking at a model of Hurricane Katrina on his computer. Ivor is quick to say Levees protect homes, the wetlands protect the levees, and the barrier islands protect the wetlands.
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Water Lilies bloom in the fresh water marsh impoundment at Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. April and May bring many blooms in the wetlands.
Colorful floats adorn the Bacchus Mardi Gras parade depicting the spicy Cajun lifestyle. To maintain this and all the other benefits of coastal Louisiana, marsh restoration needs to start today.