On the Gulf: Too Little, Too Late

Pittman, Craig
November 2005
Planning;Nov2005, Vol. 71 Issue 10, p10
Trade Publication
This article reports that the suffering caused by Hurricane Katrina has spurred Congress to authorize spending tens of billions of dollars on disaster relief and billions more on repairing the infrastructure in Louisiana. Scientists say some of those appropriations should be spent on recreating the land that has been lost to the sea. However, Robert Young of Western Carolina University and David Bush of the University of West Georgia expressed their doubt that any objective, scientific cost-benefit review would find that spending all that money in Louisiana makes sense. Among the solutions include closing Mr. Go as soon as possible; diverting the Mississippi so it would once again deposit sediments in the marshes; building a sediment trap at the mouth of the river to halt the loss of material over the continental shelf; and constructing a 60-mile-long channel from the river to the marshes of Bayou Lafourche to create two new deltas there.


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