“Real” restoration progress may be on the horizon
Mark Schleifstein’s latest article this morning describes a new agreement between the Corps of Engineers and the state to begin engineering design work on critical elements of a coastal restoration plan that would really make a difference. A comment posted on nola.com about the article suggests that the agreement merely signals the continuation of perpetual studies.
On the contrary, despite our history of endless planning with little action and my ongoing frustration with the limited scale of the program, I actually think that this agreement signals a change in the right direction. I call your attention to the specific project concepts listed, including bolstering barrier shorelines and flowing Atchafalaya River water eastward into disappearing Terrebonne marshes and Mississippi River water eastward into the dying coastal cypress forests surrounding Lake Maurepas.
We can only hope that implementing these changes happens in time to make a difference!