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Mississippi Wetlands Destruction October 14, 2005 10:13 AM

More than any other factor, I believe NOLA suffered because the water usually absorbed by the wetlands flooded the city because the wetlands have been destroyed by developers.

This makes developers criminally and civilally liable for the destruction in NOLA.

I want to make the development issue imporant here because developers operate with ill intent as a group.

This is a USA Today article:

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.

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 October 21, 2005 2:20 PM

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.  [ send green star]
 October 21, 2005 2:36 PM

Ah ... no chance of you having a quiet word in his ear, then?

Well, if you're annoying folk like Vitter, you must be doing something right! You're definitely our group heroine, Jeanie.

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The whole Mississippi... October 23, 2005 7:09 PM

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.

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2005 VOICE OF THE WETLANDS FESTIVAL October 27, 2005 12:44 PM


November 26 & 27, 2005

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.

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Spirit of Louisiana 1976 May 06, 2008 9:40 PM

This is the first part of a 2-part Earth Day-themed series on environmental issues in the Gulf Region.

Not only were Katrina, the federal flood, and Rita massive human tragedies, they were for reasons which will be detailed below easily this nation's biggest environmental calamity.

And their potential impacts on human health and life in New Orleans and in the rest of the affected area are still being assessed over 2 1/2-years later.


(click on "newer post" for part 2...)

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