We have spent the last six months informing and educating people on the effects large scale diversions will have on our coastal communities and seafood industry. Now that more and more people are aware of the problem, there is one common question, What can I do to help? We can not be successful in protecting our industries and heritage without EVERYONE’S help! We know that life is busy, so we have made it simple. There are two ways to show your support for the culture and way of life that we all love. First click on the link in the menu at the top of this site and sign the petition. It takes literally seconds, and every time someone signs it all of our elected officials get emails or faxes telling them that we are united in our goal. We have sent over 100,000 emails and faxes to date! Second, you can become a member! For as little as $35 you can join the SLC. The bigger our member base the louder our voice is to our elected officials. You can join by clicking the “Become a Member” link above or by mailing a check to Save Louisiana Coalition, Inc, PO Box 385, St.Bernard, LA 70085. We have an amazing board of directors made up of all the different sectors of the seafood industry and coastal community representatives who are working tirelessly to protect your livelihood and homes, but now we need you to take action too! Please take a few minutes out of your day and show your support for the SLC!
… but we can stop it… Mike Lane
Some the following information are facts, some my opinion.
In my heart I have formed my opinions based on my belief that the State’s Master Plan for Coastal Restoration should be viewed as the master plan for disaster.
You don’t have to agree or disagree with my beliefs. If you have any doubt about my thoughts, I would encourage you to get involved and form you own opinions.
At the very least, I would encourage each person that cares about Louisiana and its future, to call Garret Graves, head of the CPRA (225-342-7015 or 866-366-1121) and ask him to explain in his own words his version of the facts.
Listen closely to what he says and what he doesn’t say.
If he fails to answer your questions, ask again and request that he answer your questions directly.
Our Organization is not an organization of “Do Nothing”, we offer a reasonable and real solution, dredging.
Our alternative to the killing diversions is dredging.
Dredging will build land NOW and will not destroy the marsh as these diversions will. Dredging has built much of the city of New Orleans. The land that was dredged has survived over 22 hurricanes.
The areas that were dredged 22 hurricanes ago are some of the most desired places to live and command very high real estate prices. Proof that dredging will last and is sustainable.
We are totally against these new diversions and are pushing for control based on salinity measurements of all existing diversions and breaches in the Mississippi River.
Mr. Garret Graves, his group and others have called us trouble makers, rebels, obstructionists and most recently on WWL Radio with Don Dubuc show of Friday October 18, 2013 conspiracy theorists.
The correct term that should be applied to The Save Louisiana Coalition, is unselfishly dedicated. We don’t receive any income from our contributions. It’s a 100% voluntary contribution of our time and efforts.
We are concerned about the total negative effects.
The entire state will be negatively affected!
This may come as a surprise to most non-fishermen. You will be subject to the destruction that will take place.
Every citizen of Louisiana, not just fishermen, not just coastal communities will be negatively affected!
If these diversions are built and operated here is what I believe will happen.
* Acceleration of land loss in South East Louisiana. More flooding, more severe flooding. These diversions will convert all of southeast Louisiana marsh to freshwater marsh. Freshwater marsh is 7 times weaker to storm surge than salt or brackish. Not just fishing!
* The loss of the entire seafood industry and sport fishing, as we know it today. The recreational & commercial fishing activities contribute over 4.1 billion dollars to our states economy. 1 out of ever 45 jobs is supported by the commercial fishing industry.
This will negatively affect our entire state, not just our fishing communities.
If you think this won’t happen, if we can’t stop the madness, THE DESTRUCTION WILL HAPPEN and sooner than you think and the DESTRUCTION will be forever.
… Stay tuned, more to come
Owner of RodnReel.com
Co-Owner of Sportsman’s Paradise TV
Vice President & Founding member of The Save Louisiana Coalition
Here both sides of our latest radio appearance on WWL Radio with Don Dubuc…
President of SLC Captain George Ricks and Vice President of SLC Mike Lane
Garret Graves rebuttal
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New Date :SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19th!
Saturday, October 19th the SLC is holding a fundraiser, the “Battle for the Bayou Bash” at the Frederick Sigur Civic Center, in the main auditorium from 6:00-10:00PM, and would like your help making this event a huge success for our community! There will be live entertainment from Hit N Run and August Rush, Louisiana specialties from the top restaurants in the region, silent auctions, and much more.
Included in your ticket price is food from:
Acme 0yster House * Zea’s * Galatoire’s * Hooters * Drago’s * Phil’s grill * Mellow Mushroom * Zatarain’s * King creole * Rocky & Carlos * Charlie’s Restaurant and Throw Me Something Mister Jambalaya
For advanced tickets or to reserve a table, click on the Battle for the Bayou link in the menu!
Eden Isles, another Florida-type development, is located in the marshes on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain near Slidell, La. The area was originally drained and reclaimed for agriculture in the early 1900's, but the project failed and the old fields were flooded. An intricate network of canals has already been dredged and homesites are being sold on spoil bank ridges adjacent to the canals. The total project encompasses 2,400 acres with 35 miles of navigable waterways having minimum depths of 30 feet by 140 feet wide. Eden isles is billed as a complete community with a commercial zone, school sites, and community park areas in addition to home sites
Eden Isles Today
Endured more than 25 Hurricanes: Unnamed: September 19, 1947, Unnamed: September 4, 1948, Unnamed: September 24, 1956, Flossy, Audrey, Hilda, Betsy, Camile, Edith, Carmen, Babe, Bob, Danny, Juan, Florence, Andrew, Danny, Lill, Cindy, Katrina, Rita, Humberto, Gustav, Ike and Isac.
Dredge don’t Divert! I could say more, but why?
What if the diversions speed up the destruction of our
coast? Many scientists present findings that convince
me that if they implement these diversions, we are
In the image below shows the damage inflicted on the marsh converted from brackish to freshwater by Carnarvon. This was the damage caused by Katrina alone. The images are 30 days apart.
What will the future Louisiana coast be like if the massive diversions are implemented. You don’t have to be a scientist to have a clear picture of the accelerated destruction of our coast.
Look at all the land created by DREDGING in my prior posts and future posts. All have endured 22 or more hurricanes, including Katrina, and are virtually unscathed.
Why is this diversion still running? CPRA, feel free to speak up!
Click on the image to enlarge.
Two subdivisions were planned and developed during the following time frames:
- Lake Vista (West)-1939
- Lake Vista (East)-1946
Lake Vista Subdivision Today
Endured 25 Hurricanes: Unnamed: September 19, 1947, Unnamed: September 4, 1948, Unnamed: September 24, 1956, Flossy, Audrey, Hilda, Betsy, Camile, Edith, Carmen, Babe, Bob, Danny, Juan, Florence, Andrew, Danny, Lill, Cindy, Katrina, Rita, Humberto, Gustav, Ike and Isac.
Dredge don’t Divert! I could say more, but why?
In 1931, the Orleans Levee Board began construction of Lakefront Airport on 300 acres of reclaimed lake bottom, which was protected by a vertical-type seawall.
Lake Front Airport Today
Endured 28 Hurricanes: Unnamed: June16, 1934, Unnamed: August 15, 1938, Unnamed: August 7, 1940, Unnamed: September 19, 1947, Unnamed: September 4, 1948, Unnamed: September 24, 1956, Flossy, Audrey, Hilda, Betsy, Camile, Edith, Carmen, Babe, Bob, Danny, Juan, Florence, Andrew, Danny, Lill, Cindy, Katrina, Rita, Humberto, Gustav, Ike and Isac.
Dredge don’t Divert! I could say more, but why?
Three coastal-restoration projects intended to rescue Louisiana’s rapidly shrinking wetlands have failed to restore marsh during the past two decades.
Instead, the schemes — which involve diverting fresh water from the Mississippi River in the hope of carrying sediment to marshes and aiding plant life — have made these regions more vulnerable to hurricanes, according to the authors of a study published by Geophysical Research Letters1.
… The Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act plans to restore almost 17,000 hectares of marshland over the next two to three decades, at a cost of US$1.05 billion. About 65% of the projected costs are for freshwater-diversion projects similar to those examined by the study, says lead author Michael Kearney, a coastal scientist at the University of Maryland in College Park.
… But the researchers found that total vegetation and marsh area in the three had not grown significantly. Moreover, the regions suffered greater damage during Hurricane Katrina than surrounding areas.
For instance, in the Caernarvon diversion, Hurricane Katrina destroyed the most vegetation in zones that received the most direct freshwater flow, even though these were far from the storm’s path.
Most of the new plant growth that has occurred since the diversion was built consists of algae and other floating plants rather than the deep-rooted marsh plants that hold soil in place. This, says Kearney, is due to the influx of nutrients from agricultural run-off and industrial processes.
“The amount of nutrients per acre is far in excess of what these plants can tolerate,” says Kearney of the marsh-building plants.
The researchers conclude that the scientific basis for freshwater diversions is not sufficiently established, and that the emphasis on diversions as a coastal-restoration strategy should be reconsidered.
Christopher Swarzenski, a wetland biologist with the US Geological Survey, based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, agrees with their conclusions. “There’s a lot of arm-waving,” says Swarzenski. “There is no science to say that [freshwater diversions] will sustain wetlands or prevent wetland loss or build wetlands, which are the three objectives.”
…Kearney … “Even if freshwater diversions do deliver mineral sediment into the marshes — which I highly doubt — what would be the point if the high levels of nutrients these waters also carry essentially so damage [plant] roots that they die off?”
Jerolmack worries that Kearney and co-workers’ conclusions are “potentially damaging” to Louisiana’s marsh-restoration plans. “I think there’s still work to be done on understanding better the science of how we can build marshes using diversions, but we are doing that science,” he says. “And we are working on translating it directly into practice.”