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Volunteer or Donate to these organizations
to help save the Louisiana wetlands!

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
The Coalition is an organization dedicated to the stewardship of one of the world’s greatest natural, cultural, and economic treasures—the bays, wetlands, and estuaries of coastal Louisiana. The goal of the Coalition is to reverse the pattern of net land loss in coastal Louisiana and to reestablish a sustainable balance to its geologic processes and communities.
Contact: 6160 Perkins Road, Suite #225, Baton Rouge, LA 70808; coalition@crcl.org

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
As the public’s independent voice, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation is dedicated to restoring and preserving the water quality and habitats of the entire Lake Pontchartrain Basin. The Lake Pontchartrain Basin is a 10,000 square mile watershed encompassing 16 Louisiana parishes.
Contact: P.O. Box 6965, Metairie, LA 70009; info@saveourlake.org

Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program
Established in 1991, the mission of the Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) is the preservation and restoration of the Barataria Terrebonne estuarine system, the 4.2 million acre system between the Atchafalaya and Mississippi Rivers. The BTNEP strives to rebuild and protect the estuary for furture generations through the implementation of a science-based and consensus-driven plan that utilizes partnerships focused on the estuary's rich cultural, economic and natural resources.
Contact: BTNEP, Nicholls State University, P.O. Box 2663, Thibodaux, LA 70310; shelley@btnep.org

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The Problem

The Louisiana Wetlands is the fastest disappearing landmass on earth. Each year we lose 25 square miles. Though we have found a solution for this problem, we have not yet taken the steps to implement it.

If we don’t take the necessary action, we can expect:

  • Gas prices to stay over $5/gallon,

  • The displacement of 2,000,000+ people,

  • $20-50 billion in damage each time a hurricane hits,

  • Irreversible ecological devastation (including the loss of habitat for five million migratory birds, annually).

Can we fix the problem?

Because of my older sister MaryAnn, I know that we can do anything.

Twenty years ago MaryAnn had a stroke that has left her has left her almost completely immobile. She can say very few words: "yes," "no," and "is that so?"

However, "I love you," is her favorite thing to say.

Despite her immobility and helplessness, when I’m with her, all she gives is love, joy, appreciation and humor. She has become my hero. And if she can do what she has done with a broken body, we can do anything!

The question now becomes "will we?"

Please join with us in helping to save the Louisiana wetlands by supporting the groups listed on this page. Only together will we reach the solution we so desperately need. Thank you!

The Facts

  1. The loss of the Louisiana wetlands represents the fastest disappearing land mass on planet earth—currently twenty five square miles per year. Since WW2 we've lost over two thousand square miles of land, which is equal in size to the state of Delaware.

  2. If the natural hurricane protections offered by viable and healthy ecosystems is not repaired, every time a major storm hits the Louisiana or Mississippi coasts, the cost to the American taxpayer will be somewhere between 20 and 50 BILLION dollars.

  3. As the wetlands disappear and the coastline moves further north, more than two million residents will be forced to relocate. How expensive will that be, and where will they go?

  4. Fifty to seventy five percent of all the US's migratory bird populations fly through Louisiana, including many of our endangered and threatened species. As the wetlands continue to disappear, these populations will dwindle. This will devastate our national ecology.

  5. This is the first time in history that the restoration of an entire deltaic coastal ecosystem has been attempted—what we lack is commitment and courage from our elected officials.

  6. The Louisiana fisheries are responsible for about 40% of the entire seafood catch in the lower 48 states.

  7. About 1/3 of all oil and gas used in the US is either harvested in Louisiana or is brought in through the wetlands. If the wetlands and this entire infrastructure are destroyed, gas prices will rise and stay around $5.50 to $6.00 per gallon.

  8. Five of the fifteen largest ports in the US are in Louisiana. If the wetlands are destroyed, so are these ports. The cost of all goods that now travel through these areas will go up significantly.

Some Solutions

  1. We need a "Multiple Lines of Defense" strategy in place NOW.

  2. We need to use the Mississippi River as part of the solution. We need to dredge the river for silt and sand to rebuild. We also need to mimic the natural functions of the river through man-made river diversions, in addition to creating new land and restoring what exists now. This will help restore what we've destroyed.

  3. We need to dredge in the gulf for silt and sand to rebuild the barrier islands, the traditional natural ridges and features of a healthy ecosystem. The Corp of Engineers needs to begin using what it dredges now in a less wasteful manner, and start doing more good with the invaluable natural resources it handles every year.

  4. We need to "harden" our communities with better building practices, elevated structures, more and better pumping stations, better levies, etc.

  5. We need a "CCC" type of attitude; many of these projects will put a lot of unemployed folks to work in re-grassing and other restoration efforts.

What Can You Do?

  1. Educate yourself about these issues.

  2. Become an advocate for the restoration of the Louisiana wetlands.

  3. Donate a few dollars each month to the organizations involved in this process.

  4. Pressure the government to take decisive action NOW, before it is too late.

  5. Volunteer if you can. Go to Louisiana and work in this endeavor.

  6. TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS PROBLEM AND ENLIST THEIR SUPPORT IN THIS EFFORT!

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