The plan doesn’t aim to rebuild everything that has been lost so far, or even fight for everything that remains now. Instead, the more modest goal is to restore enough wetlands to cushion communities from storm surge and provide a functioning fishery.Off to a great start.
Even that is not a sure thing
Meanwhile, Louisiana must find a way to pay for it. Although this battle has consequences for the rest of the country, so far Congress has spurned most requests for funding. Louisiana, one of the nation’s poorest states, could run out money for coastal restoration in 10 years.Oh, well that's no good. But at least something is being done and we're making progress, right?
But those gains are just a speck of what's needed in the long-term. With the coast disappearing at 16 square miles a year, it takes nature just two months to wash away as much land statewide as was created in Bayou Dupont and Lake Hermitage.But, we have other plans right? Preferably ones that last more than a few years?
The second method of rebuilding wetlands, controlled sediment diversions, doesn't have those problems.That's good!
Regardless of the method, the state doesn't believe there's enough sediment in the river to save everything. Wetlands along the last 40 miles to the Gulf, including those near the mouth of the river referred to as the Bird's Foot Delta, are not in the restoration plan.That's bad!
Considering how much remains unknown, a few scientists ask why Louisiana has staked so much on diversions. They worry the state could waste its last chance for the coast on a technique they believe poses its own habitat threats and exists only on computer models.Great. And we haven't even mentioned the other potential problems with this coastal restoration outlined in the article like how water diversion could affect shipping and fishing industries or how most of the wetlands will disappear regardless of what we do, making all this effort for naught.