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Wetlands and Levees

By Remy Benoit

From The Huffington Post and Harry Shearer The Times-Picayune Predicts the Future, Again.

Just as Mr. Spock noted that it was "illogical" to hunt a species to extinction, it is illogical to destroy wetlands.

From The Times Picayune and Bob Marshall, Part I LAST CHANCE: The fight to save a disappearing coast
It took the Mississippi River 6,000 years to build the La. coast. It took man 75 years to wash away a third of it. Experts agree we have 10 years or less to act before the loss becomes irreversible.

Part II by Bob Marshall and Mark Schleifstein LOSING GROUND
Since 1989, Louisiana has spent $600 million to stabilize 95 square miles of vanishing coastline barely making a dent in the 2,000 sq. miles lost in the past 70 years.

Success stories like the Atchafalaya River Basin hold the promise of restoring lost.

You may fill out the form on the front page of the Times Picayune at NOLA for your ideas on how to save the coast. Speak Out.

You can also help out at and Louisiana Speaks. where you can get a Planning Toolkit for South Louisiana. Let's do it - after all, "We Are Louisiana."

For a deeper understanding of what is happening to the wetlands see Mike Tidwell Bayou Farewell: The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast. and The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas, and the Coming Death of America's Coastal Cities.

It is important to take action on this now. In a decade, it will be too late.

For those of you in Louisiana, do come to the release party for Louisiana in Words. It is a book you do not want to miss!


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