On August 29, 2005, Katrina struck the Gulf Coast and the world watched in horror as New Orleans levees failed, inundating and jeopardizing a great American city.
Since that time levees have been shorn up, but coastal Louisiana remains at risk. If you've tuned into any media recently, you've most likely seen coverage of this terrible anniversary. Yet, one critical story has failed to recieve the attention it deserves.
Wetlands have been destroyed by oil and gas exploration and development. Coastal forests have been clearcut. Marshes have been starved of critical sediment by the levees of the Mississippi River. Without the restoration of these natural defenses, levees will not hold up to another Katrina. Levees alone are not enough. Barrier islands, wetlands, coastal forests and marshes are necessary for a sustainable New Orleans.
Help us send this message to your community and your members of Congress by writing a letter to the editor of your local paper. Louisiana's coast has been destroyed due to the nation's need for oil and gas and shipping routes, and it will take a national commitment to secure it again.
Please help us get that side of the story out, visit this website to write a letter.
The Gulf Restoration Network is a New Orleans-based network of groups and individuals dedicated to protecting and restoring the valuable resources of the Gulf of Mexico. The GRN has members in the five Gulf States of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. Throughout our ten-year history, the GRN has worked on many issues that have now been thrust into the spotlight by Katrina: coastal wetlands protection and restoration; the prioritization and effectiveness of Army Corps of Engineers projects, such as the New Orleans levees; and clean and healthy waters.