Scientists say there is no doubt that natural features can blunt a
storm's power. Wetlands suck up surging waters. Barrier islands absorb
some of the force of the wind and waves. They "provide a natural
buffer," says Jeff Williams of the U.S. Geological Survey.
In Mississippi, the problem is a surge in development of casinos and
other buildings in vulnerable areas. That eliminated dunes that
provided protection, Williams says.
Louisiana's barrier islands are also
disappearing, Sallenger says. The Chandeleur Islands are eroding at a
rate of 33 feet per year on one side.
Some of the changes are natural. Southern
Louisiana has been sinking for centuries. The sinking is also caused by
oil and gas production, which sucks fossil fuels and water out of
underground reservoirs, says Bob Morton of the U.S. Geological Survey.
The irony of all it is David Vitter sits on the Enviromental Protection Comittee and has voted against every bill to protect the Louisiana coast. much less rebuild it. I guess if he could build Indian Casinos in the Gulf Intercoastal waters he would be all for saving it. I am being a real cynic here but Vitter just ticked me off at a meeting I had with him earlier to day.
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When mankind tries to adjust the natural character of the Mississippi iver in one place such as for river negavation dams, dikes on upper sections of the river, the results is a change in the flow at the lower end of the river...over the last few decades the delta lands have been declinning. The river is carrying less silt from the upper areas along the river.
Featuring Tab Benoit, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Cyril Neville, Anders Osborne, George Porter, Jr., Johnny Vidacovich, Jumpin’ Johnny Sanson, Waylon Thibodeaux and many more to be announced!
*All proceeds will be donated directly to hurricane victims*
On November 26 and 27 at the historical Southdown Plantation in Houma, Louisiana several of Louisiana’s most famed musicians will come together for the second annual Voice of the Wetlands Festival.
Back in January 2005, renowned swamp blues musician Tab Benoit gathered many Crescent City luminaries to record Voice of the Wetlands in an effort to bring national awareness to the dire situation facing Louisiana’s Wetlands.
The Wetlands are nature’s only storm barrier and they are disappearing FAST! It is time that everyone get involved to ensure that the necessary measures are made to protect and to restore the Wetlands. An entire culture is depending on us and we can not and should not let them down.
The festivities will celebrate all things New Orleans with spectacular music and Cajun confections provided by the Lagniappe of the Bayou Chefs. Proceeds from the event will directly benefit hurricane victims. Advocacy groups will also be on hand to discuss the situation/importance of Louisiana’s Wetlands.