Barrier islands need to be restored
Since then, coastal erosion has taken away much of that rich resource.
Had we followed their suggestion, we could have saved most of it.
Now, several decades later, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser have proposed a plan to British Petroleum, owner of the leaking oil well in the Gulf, and the U. S. Coast Guard that they restore the barrier islands to protect the coast from such oil spills.
It would also protect us from surges during hurricanes which is one of the main causes of our coastal erosion.
Jindal maintains the entire work could be done by 12 dredges which could be mobilized in a matter of weeks and the project completed in four to six months.
If leaking oil from the Gulf were stopped at the beaches along the barrier islands, it would be much easier to clean up. The restoration would shorten the southeast coast of Louisiana from thousands and thousands of miles along the wetlands to a couple hundred miles along the barrier islands.
If we had done it when LL&E proposed it, we would be somewhat protected from the current oil spill that is terrorizing us each day.
We havenít heard very much about that proposal since then. And despite the rapid deterioration of our coast during those years, we have been very slow to do anything about it.
Jindalís proposal is to make the Louisiana coast continuous with only passes open to accommodate boat traffic.
Our barrier islands are our first line of defense in protecting us from oil spills in the Gulf and hurricane surges. Itís time to restore them and let them do the job again.
Subscribe Today and Save!!!
St. Charles Herald-Guide is an award-winning newspaper that covers all aspects of St. Charles Parish - from schools and parish government news to social events, features on our local residents and sports.
Order your subscription today!
The Hahnville cross country boys and girls teams each recently won the 7-5A...
Before they all left for Thanksgiving break, area elementary students were asked...
The pit bull thrown from I-310 into the swamp beneath in early October has found a...
As Destrehan attempts to become the programís first undefeated state champion since...
While many of the teams remaining in the prep football postseason will be adjusting...
St. Charles Parishís share of the BP and Transocean settlements from the Deep Water...
Your One Stop Home Improvement Shop...
Tigers wreck Alexandria to advance in playoffs - 1465 views
Led by prolific passer Josh Beck, Alexandria averaged a whopping 50 points per game during the regular season.