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gulfcoastliberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-05 01:51 AM
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Wetlands restoration efforts gain ground (LA)
THIBODAUX, La. From his small suite of offices on the campus of Nicholls State University, marine biologist Kerry St. P works on an ambitious goal, what he calls the "largest environmental restoration effort ... in human history."

To reverse the disappearance of coastal Louisiana's marshes and wetlands, he envisions a pipeline system to carry 70 million cubic yards of silt every year from the Mississippi River south of New Orleans to bayou country. He sees the sediment combining with native plants and shrubs to rebuild vast areas of wetlands lost to the advancing Gulf of Mexico.

A 35-mile drive to the north, in Baton Rouge, geologist Sherwood Gagliano shares the same goal, but he proposes a different and even more ambitious delivery system.

He wants to create a new Mississippi River channel by diverting as much as one-third of the river's flow along a new riverbed starting about 60 miles west of New Orleans and draining south to the Gulf of Mexico. This new branch of America's mightiest river would deliver massive amounts of sediment and, over several decades, create new delta wetlands the way nature has always done it.

IMO, thisis the wayto fix New Orleans and Louisiana - not artificial dutch-style seawalls& dikes. But hey, I'm a liberal.
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