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Hurricane Isaac Is a Wake-Up Call for Coastal Restoration

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Hurricane Isaac Is a Wake-Up Call for Coastal Restoration

By Cindy Brown / The Nature Conservancy

Cindy Brown is the Gulf Coast Program Director for The Nature Conservancy and a New Orleans native.

Our conversation began with the simple message in her subject line: Y’all ok? Amy, officemate but mostly friend, wanted to know how my family fared Hurricane Isaac. Amy and I share that special bond so many New Orleanians share, since we were both wiped out by Hurricane Katrina. I was happy and eager to hear from Amy — we hadn’t spoken since the news of Isaac’s approach. I responded with a simple Yes, since at this point I had evacuated and was communicating only by smart phone, and asked about her family.

Amy responded:
Without power and water but we are prepared and even have a generator for periodic use for A/C unit and refrigerator. You have power? We are trying to make it an adventure for our boy and so far it is working. We’ll see what tomorrow brings. So fortunate considering what our friends who own the citrus farm in Braithwaite went through…

The citrus farms in Plaquemines Parish. I was aware of the tragedy that was unfolding in Braithwaite as the Gulf inundated parts of the parish up to rooftops, but hadn’t even thought about the potential damage to the parish’s citrus farms.

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1:17PM PDT on Oct 6, 2012

we gonna loose half our coast line across the entire nation if we dont change our ways...great article, thanks!!!

5:23PM PDT on Sep 19, 2012

It's sad that they didn't try to plant mangroves or other plants to stabilize the coastline after Katrina!

3:30PM PDT on Sep 19, 2012

It happens here in Australia too - and we are told to expect more frequent and severe "weather events". When Cyclone Larry hit North Queensland it destroyed the banana industry and the price of banana skyrocketed to $17.00 a kilo ($8.50 a pound). These events play havoc with the cost of living not only in food production, but weakening infrastructure, loss of land,etc. Mother Nature is going to win this one because we never seem to learn.

8:50AM PDT on Sep 19, 2012

When you don't plan or do maintenance on a timely basis, responding to crisis after crisis becomes the norm--time to change that here.

7:51AM PDT on Sep 19, 2012

Thanks for provividing the article by Cindy Brown. I certainly hope allocating funds from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response to coastal restoration project will happen.

4:01AM PDT on Sep 19, 2012



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9:57AM PDT on Sep 14, 2012

Sue says it so well....we need to act and think about the future or this will become a common every year process I suspect....

5:50PM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

People were talking about the importance of coastal restoration after Katrina, I sure wish they'd stop talking and actually Do something about it. Create a few jobs in the proccess??

5:13PM PDT on Sep 13, 2012


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