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Hurricane Protection Diminished by Eroding Wetlands in the Gulf

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Yesterday, on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, President Obama was in New Orleans to address a crowd at Xavier University. He assured the crowd that his administration is “working to restore protective wetlands and natural barriers” that have been disappearing for decades. But while we focus attention on restoring the wetlands at the mouth of the Mississippi, significant erosion by ship channels and oil pipelines pose an equal, if not greater threat. Is full restoration possible? What would it mean for oil companies, shipping and the fishing industry?

Credits

Guests:
Tim Padgett - Time magazine - @TimPadgett2, Alexander Kolker - Assistant Professor of Geological Oceanography, Louisiana University Marine Consortium, Kyle Graham - Deputy Director, Office of the Governor for Coastal Activities, David Waggoner - Waggonner & Ball Architects - @wbarchitects

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Darrell Satzman, Christian Bordal, Julia Flucht