Problems dogged a year-long effort to close and open the gate successfully.
On the panel: John Barry, David Muth, Anne Rolfes, Kerry St. Pé and Aaron Viles.
Time-lapse images illustrate what we knew was happening: Over 30 years, islands and beaches have moved north, channels have widened, and marshes have turned to open water without a blade of brass for miles. But they also show portions of the coast growing, reinvigorated by restoration projects.
Is it too late to save southeastern Louisiana from the encroaching Gulf? Pose your questions and opinions.
Though the river is crucial to the economic and environmental well-being of 31 states, there's no plan to manage competing uses of the river water. Shipping companies, municipal water supplies, industrial plants and coastal restoration projects all need water. How will we decide who gets what?
Congress may require the U.S. Army Corps — rather than the local flood authority — to operate the gate.
Less than half of the water, and just 19 percent of the sediments, carried in the Mississippi River past the Atchafalaya make it to the Gulf. The finding casts new light on the potential of diversions to create land in adjacent basins — a key strategy in the state's $50 billion plan to save southeast Louisiana from washing away.
The results are alarming but the levels of toxins detected are well below those considered hazardous for human seafood consumption.
Researcher says he was surprised at how many people said they would help and how much they would commit.
“If for whatever reason the sun doesn’t shine or the wind doesn’t blow, we’ve got to keep power available,” said Entergy's Gary Huntley.