May 17, 2004

Bye Bayou

Louisiana is losing coastal wetlands at a rate of 22,000 acres a year. Some of it is due to development, but big chunks of the coast are simply sinking beneath the waves.

I don't doubt those numbers at all," Schmit said. "Once you start losing land, and we're doing that with pipeline canals and levees, you no longer have soil or silt. When it starts sinking, you have ponds, then bays and eventually lakes. When that happens, the wind will beat it up.

"Not only are we sinking, the winds are beating us up. I've watched this area disappear every day. We are losing 25 square miles a year. It makes me sad when I am out there fishing and I see a pile of grass float off."

The fishing's still good, though.

Posted by Bigwig at May 17, 2004 10:06 PM | TrackBack
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