"Louisiana and the nation can't wait 50 years to restore economically and environmentally important coastal wetlands, a task that is likely to cost $50 billion or more, says a new report released Monday by a team of state and national environmental and social scientists and engineers. And the rest of the nation should shoulder part of the cost, the report says."
"The report attempts to answer the most troubling questions about coastal restoration, said John Day, chairman of the Mississippi River Delta Science and Engineering special team and a professor emeritus of coastal sciences at LSU.
'Our discussions led us to answer a number of questions that people brought up to suggest that coastal restoration might not be feasible,' Day said. 'Isn't it too expensive? Is there enough sediment in the river? What about navigation and control? Won't it affect people living on the coast?'
The report was prepared to help direct the coastal policy of the Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign, a consortium of national and local environmental groups. It concludes that the negative effects of building major freshwater and sediment diversions to rebuild wetlands are easily outweighed by the economic and environmental costs of not building them."