C O N G R E S S
NO MORE NEED TO STUDY,
I have placed Christmas Trees at the side of the road in Baton Rouge, I have listened to all the plans that will save our coast, and I have watched the videos and seen the pictures of the lost lands of Louisiana. Every person ever running for any political office in the state has spoke on the fact that we have to "Save The Coast" and still we watch the land wash into the marsh, while the marsh becomes part of the gulf.
The coast line is important to me. I love my Louisiana, my state's culture, people, and the way of life. It is a fact that two major changes to Louisiana in the first half of the twentieth century are the direct cause of the disappearing coast in our state. The levee systems prevent sediment and silt from laying over our lands, spreading across our marshes and swamps, and pushing against the gulf waters. The levee systems force the sediment to exit at one spot, the gulf pushes it back at one spot until it is diluted away into the gulf bottom. After the completion of the levee systems, we discovered the gold under the sea in South Louisiana. The boats needed to get back to solid land more easily, what better way than to cut straight canals through the marshlands. Now, many decades later we are suffering from the actions of our fathers, but we can save the coast. Not in the lab studying if the land is washing away, not by building a center in Baton Rouge to figure out how to solve the issue, but by getting the money to the parishes that are affected and place real tactics that can prevent the act of war that the gulf is committing daily to our Louisiana.
I am not the smartest man in the world. I need the folks that are affected by this erosion to help me on the ideas that can solve our issue. I know that every plan will have opposition. The idea that we may destroy a natural habitat of a particular spices of bacteria will not be a actor to prevent the idea, not acting in any way will also destroy that habitat. I would like the idea of using metal pilings placed just outside the marshlands and on the originally barrier islands to create fully formed coffer walls, that we would begin filling with Construction and Development rubbish, mixing with pumped silt. We would also need to place pilings around the "Island" to catch and retain silt to ensure the base maintains stability. The goal would not to build paradise islands, these islands are meant to slow down the storms, the salt, allow silt and sands to build up on and behind. They are not guaranteed to solve the issue, but be a beginning to the prevention of preservation of Louisiana coast. It will not be a cheap, it will be easy, it will be actual work that can be seen. The islands will not be trash holes filled with the household garbage, it will be old wood , concrete, asphalt, bricks, gravel, and general construction scraps mixed with pumped sands and silt from the bottom of the sea floor. The introduction of the sands and silt would act as a glue to stabilize the debris, while allowing vegetation to take once the island reaches a surface and size. We build large mountains of these items in the state, I think we could put these scraps to a better use.
We need to begin working now, we can continue to study other methods while performing ideas that the parish will head up individually. We do not need Baton Rouge or Washington D.C. telling the people affected by the daily battle where to place a chuck of concrete, instead the parishes will be in charge of where to start and place the islands, the parish will hire the contractors and put their people to work.
But it is important to note, I am asking for you for your ideas too.
The canals that come into the state from the gulf delivering the poisonous salt water into the marsh would also have to be addressed. Simple ideas of creating hard bends in the canals and placing dirt walls to run east to west on the canals' edge to prevent salt from entering the marsh. The canals would be a bit harder to navigate, but that should be an acceptable task for the boats in order for Louisiana to survive.
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