Sunday, June 21, 2009

This Is A Great Project

A levee is removed, on purpose! What a concept. Maybe this will spur more removals, & the wetlands of south Louisiana will rebuild to their historic acreage & offer their hurricane protection once again.
Yet at the same time, there is a growing awareness that Louisiana’s levees have exacted a huge environmental cost. Inland, cypress forests and wetlands crucial for migrating waterfowl have vanished; in southern Louisiana, coastal marshes deprived of regular infusions of sediment-rich river water have yielded by the mile to an encroaching Gulf of Mexico.

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