By: America's WETLAND Foundation |
In The News...
Alabama Gulf Coast not prepared for storms, other environmental threats
Guy Busby, Press Register, 01/26/2012
The Alabama Gulf Coast reacts well after hurricanes and other disasters, but does not do as good a job preparing for emergencies, participants in a regional environmental forum said. Read More
Coastal Leaders Prep For 'Higher Sea Levels'
Local 15 TV, 01/25/2012
The threat of rising sea levels, stronger storms and future disasters prompted a summit of coastal leaders in Spanish Fort Wednesday. America's Wetland Foundation discussed ways to sustain and protect assets with mayors, environmental leaders, politicians and other local officials. Read More
New Orleans Protection Plan Will Rely on Wetlands to Hold Back Hurricanes
Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, 01/26/2012
More than six years after Hurricane Katrina plowed into New Orleans and the Mississippi River delta, a plan has finally emerged to protect the area from future storms. It relies heavily on the restoration of wetlands to cut down high surges of ocean water like those that flooded the city in 2005-somewhat of a surprise, considering past efforts focused on levees and seawalls. Read More
Take the long view on Louisiana's coastal restoration plan: An editorial
Editorial Staff, The Times-Picayune, 01/25/2012
Louisiana's first public hearing on its proposed 50-year master plan for coastal restoration and protection, held in New Orleans Monday, drew criticism from fishers who oppose large diversions of freshwater and sediment because they fear damage to their industry. The master plan offers speculative land-building at the cost of saltwater species, they argued. Read More
Lawmakers seek Obama's support on coastal restoration bill
Deborah Barfield Berry , Gannett Washington Bureau, 01/23/2012
Gulf Coast lawmakers hope President Barack Obama will use his address to the nation tonight to support a bill that would send most of the fines collected from the BP oil spill to the region for restoration efforts. Read More
Master plan for coastal restoration gives hope: Bob Marshall
Bob Marshall, Times-Picayune, 01/22/2012
We need to discuss two words today: Hope and courage. In almost 40 years of covering the state's coastal crisis, "hope" is a word I've seldom been able to write. There were decades when the state refused to even acknowledge we had problem. There were political leaders who refused to address the forces responsible. And there was a population that refused to get involved. So it was little wonder during that time the Gulf of Mexico moved within eye-shot of our major cities, or that the groundwork was laid for a disaster named Katrina. Read More
The America's WETLAND Foundation manages the largest, most comprehensive public education campaign in Louisiana's history, raising public awareness of the impact of Louisiana's wetland loss on the state, nation and world. The America's Energy Coast initiative works to sustain the environmental and economic assets of the Gulf Coast region. The initiative is supported by a growing coalition of world, national and state conservation and environmental organizations and has drawn private support from businesses that see wetlands protection as a key to economic growth. For more information, visit www.americaswetland.com or www.futureofthegulfcoast.org.