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Speak Up for River Otters in Louisiana's Mardi Gras Pass


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JL
- 597 days ago - blog.nwf.org
Unfortunately, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the State of Louisiana might allow an oil company to effectively close the outlet, which would destroy habitat for the otters.



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JL A. (275)
Friday February 1, 2013, 3:13 pm
Speak up for River Otters in Louisiana’s Mardi Gras Pass
from Wildlife Promise
1 1/23/2013 // Lacey McCormick // Gulf Coast, Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana, Mississippi River Delta, South Central Regional Center, take action, Wildlife

Last year during Mardi Gras, the Mississippi River did something perfectly ordinary and yet utterly extraordinary: it carved a small outlet in its eastern bank and found a shorter route to the Gulf of Mexico.

River Otter

Otters in Louisiana’s Mardi Gras Pass could soon find themselves out of a home. Protect river otters and restore Louisiana’s vanishing coast here! Photo courtesy of Dan Dzurisin.
Shortly after, river otters began making this small outlet—dubbed Mardi Gras Pass—their home. Unfortunately, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the State of Louisiana might allow an oil company to effectively close the outlet, which would destroy habitat for the otters.

Louisiana’s coastal wetlands are important for many species of wildlife including river otters, pelicans, and alligators, and provide critical hurricane protections for Louisiana’s coastal residents.

But these wetlands, including otter habitat and so much more, are eroding into the Gulf of Mexico at a rate of a football field every hour.

Louisiana’s groundbreaking new plan to restore its vanishing coast includes a river-reintroduction project—something very like Mardi Gras Pass—in almost in the exact same location.

Since the 1930s, when levees to control flooding were placed along the Mississippi, Louisiana has lost almost 2,000 square miles of coastal wetlands and barrier islands. Before that time, the natural creation of small outlets like Mardi Gras Pass was fairly commonplace.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the State of Louisiana should deny the permit and give themselves time to carefully consider all of the benefits of the pass.

Take ActionTell the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the State of Louisiana to work with the river—not against it—and allow the otters to stay in their new, naturally-created habitat.
 

NicoleAWAY W. (631)
Friday February 1, 2013, 3:52 pm
signed and shared, thank you JL
 

Joe R. (189)
Friday February 1, 2013, 4:30 pm
Thanks JL. Signed and noted.
 

Autumn S. (150)
Friday February 1, 2013, 5:25 pm
signed and noted, thank you
 

JL A. (275)
Friday February 1, 2013, 5:53 pm
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Terry V. (30)
Friday February 1, 2013, 5:57 pm
S&N

SAVE PLANET EARTH

EARTH'S LEGACY
 

Linda R. (17)
Friday February 1, 2013, 6:12 pm
Noted, signed and facebooked. Hopefully someone will listen!
 

JL A. (275)
Friday February 1, 2013, 6:17 pm
Thanks for posting the relevant short video links Terry!
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John B. (215)
Friday February 1, 2013, 7:47 pm
Thanks J.L. for the post and link. Read, noted action taken and shared.
"Thanks for speaking up--now help spread the word!"
 

Marianne B. (113)
Friday February 1, 2013, 8:11 pm
signed petition and noted
 

BarbCat SunshineLady (1650)
Friday February 1, 2013, 9:18 pm
I LOVE RIVER OTTERS!! I SO SIGNED!! TY JL!!
 

JL A. (275)
Friday February 1, 2013, 9:55 pm
You're welcome John and BarbCat. Thanks for sharing John!
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Constance F. (433)
Friday February 1, 2013, 11:53 pm
Thank you ! signed.
 

back soon no-mail (388)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 1:27 am
Poor creatures find themselves out of a home. Signed, of course!
Thank you J.L.!
 

Christeen Anderson (491)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 3:03 am
Signed.
 

Andrea Nemec (217)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 3:11 am
Noted and signed! Thanks!
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 4:21 am
s&n thx:))
 

Barbara Erdman (63)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 4:35 am
N & S J.L. :-0 Tnx
 

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Saturday February 2, 2013, 7:39 am
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Sandi C. (236)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 11:09 am
signed.
 

Gysele van Santen (213)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 12:15 pm
signed 698/1500, thnx.
 

paula eaton (30)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 2:51 pm
Signed. It is going to be tough to beat the oil companies, but hopefully the otters will be the winners.
 

Sara W. (110)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 3:03 pm
Gladly signed. Thank you!
 

Lynn Squance (232)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 11:56 pm
Absolutely signed.
 

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Sunday February 3, 2013, 12:51 am
Signed , Thanks J.L.A
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 8:42 am
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Jan Garen (76)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 9:09 am
Greed strikes again.
 

Joanne Dixon (38)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 11:19 am
Signed of course. Apparently oil companies have never heard of the law of unintended consequences. Or else maybe they do intend to turn the earth into a parking lot.
 

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Sunday February 3, 2013, 12:00 pm
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Leslene Dunn (74)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 10:19 pm
Noted and signed - what the hell is wrong with us - I am so sick and tired of humans destroying everything!
 

JL A. (275)
Monday February 4, 2013, 8:18 am
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