Raising $50 billion for the ambitious Master Plan to rebuild the Louisiana coast was never going to be easy. Though the BP oil spill will yield billions of dollars for projects, the state could come up $20 billion short. To close the gap, the state will try to change how the Mississippi River is dredged and will consider pollution-credit programs.
Metrics and computer models fill in a still sketchy picture of what the river can contribute to fight coastal loss.
Lalonde's lament: Strip-mining our coast will turn Louisiana into a Dixie version of coal country.
But sediment diversions are still more cost-effective over long distances and in the long-term.
Eighteen recommendations apply to six or more diversions planned downstream from New Orleans.
Join us at noon to talk with David Muth of the National Wildlife Federation and George Ricks of the Save Louisiana Coalition.
As anglers are discovering in the Wax Lake area, river water and good fishing are not only compatible, they go hand in hand.
Funneling "Dead Zone" chemicals into state wetlands may be good for the Gulf, but doesn't sound great for fish and aquatic vegetation.
Given the state coastal authority's opposition to the suit, Wednesday's meeting could be contentious.
Sandy Rosenthal: " ... if there were a good reason for Jindal to continue shielding Big Oil from its legal responsibilities to the people of Louisiana, we would have heard it by now."