Itís time to start on coastal restoration plan
Our View - Jun 29, 2006
The is good news that reputable scientists met in New Orleans this week to come up with ideas on how to best spend the $1.2 billion in the Lousiana coastal restoration program planned by the state and federal governments. This is the amount of money the Bush Administration wants to provide to begin serious restoration efforts in the next 10 years. A more comprehensive plan would come later which would take some 30 years and billions of dollars more to complete.
One of the ideas promoted was abandonment of the bird-foot delta of the Mississippi River by creation of new wetlands to the east and west. This would be done by pumping sediment from the river for many miles, to make the coast more solid. It would include the Barataria Bay area south of St. Charles Parish. Such pipelines would also be used to import sand from offshore in the Gulf of Mexico.
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