Skip to comments.Louisiana’s Wetlands Are Being Lost At The Rate Of One Football Field Every 38 Minutes
Posted on 01/04/2008 1:28:00 PM PST by blam
Louisianas Wetlands Are Being Lost At The Rate Of One Football Field Every 38 Minutes
ScienceDaily (Jan. 4, 2008) LSU and Ohio State University will battle for the BCS National College Football Championship in the Superdome early next week, but if the game was held in the Louisiana wetlands instead, the entire field would disappear before halftime.
Louisianas wetlands are being lost at the rate of approximately one football field every 38 minutes. To fight against this rapid destruction, the two universities joined forces in 2003, forming an ongoing research partnership with the goal of rebuilding the vanishing coastal wetland ecosystem that makes up 30 percent of the nations total coastal marsh.
Researchers also aim to reduce the flow of nitrogen and other chemicals that pour into the Mississippi River each spring from Americas heartland. This causes an overabundance of nutrients that rob the water of oxygen, creating a dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico more than 975 square miles of low-oxygen water that limits the sustainable fisheries of the region.
This is a multi-billion-dollar problem that affects our entire nation, said LSU Chancellor Sean OKeefe. While we battle on the football field, we collaborate in the research field to tackle the issue of coastal wetlands loss.
Louisianas wetlands help to make the state the nations leader in crude oil production and second in natural gas production, according to Americas Wetland Foundation. These fragile ecosystems also support 25 percent of the nations total commercial fishing haul and provide storm protection to five of the countrys largest ports. Wetlands are essential because of their capability to filter the nutrients that would contribute to the dead zone before they get carried into the Gulf; theyre also vital for hurricane protection in storm-sensitive areas like New Orleans.
Louisiana has both the largest amount of wetland loss and the largest dead zone in the country, said Robert Twilley, associate vice chancellor of research and economic development at LSU, director of the Coastal Systems and Society Agenda, professor of coastal sciences and leader of the Shell Coastal Environmental Modeling Laboratory, or CEML. Were working hard to rebuild our wetlands and reduce nutrients to the Gulf of Mexico, but we cant do it alone.
Thats where OSU comes in.
While LSU scientists focus on Louisiana, addressing the issues of dramatic wetland loss and the continuously growing dead zone, OSU researchers are developing wetlands upstream so that nutrient loads in the Mississippi that would increase the size of the dead zone will be dramatically reduced by the time they reach the delta region.
Adapted from materials provided by Louisiana State University.
But are they gaining football fields?
In don’t see the problem.
Isn’t this mother nature at work?
Why should man stop the course of a natural process?
Maybe it’s time to punt?
Good bet that Louisiana was FORMED one football field at a time.
If we’re losing all these football fields, aren’t we going to run out of them before the Super Bowl gets here?
Less damage from hurricanes in the future, esp wetlands near the coast.
Now, they probably could work out some deals with those football fields...
So they need a few extra billion dollars to study this or something?
The modifications to the Mississippi river by the Corps of Engineers, the canals, etc. are largely the cause of the land loss.
“Wetlands” = SWAMP.
So, they are losing SWAMPLAND quickly - perhaps drying out and becoming (human) useful land?
I can see why the enviros would hate this.
“Isnt this mother nature at work? Why should man stop the course of a natural process?”
It is NOT the natural process. The man-made levees prevent sediment that would otherwise be deposited from the natural flow of the Mississippi River into the Gulf of Mexico, hence building up the land in our coastal region.
Is this including downtown New Orleans and those 'burbs swamped by Katrina???
I found some here:
They aren't going to run out anytime soon.
I highly doubt it. If it were so, LA would be dry by now.........
sounds like a good place to build a refinery,cause I LOVE BIG OIL
Where are they going?
Since when is draining a swamp a bad thing? wetland=swamp
A football field would have to go under water in order to disappear. This means there will actually be more football fields. Good, bring back the USFL!
I thought Bush, Cheney, and Katrina took care of that state back in '05.
Actually the wetlands a.k.a. swamps slow down the hurricanes, so losing wetlands does not equate to less damage from hurricanes. Just the opposite is true.
Absolutely correct, both of you. If the Mississippi had been allowed to do what it wanted to, it would have cut a new channel many years ago pretty much south from Baton Rouge rather than southeast through NO where it is now and NO would be left out. Sounds like a good idea to me.
The Army Corps of Engineers has caused more expensive misery than probably any other part of the government. There’s probably no telling how many billions of dollars have been dumped into that outfit to try to dick with mother nature. It’s a boondoggle of the highest magnitude.
Because after their great floods the Dutch had the sense to create concentric rings of wet agriculture to act as barriers against it happening again so that their country, reclaimed from the sea at the outset, would be safer and larger. Had this been done before the disaster could have been avoided. But there was no match for the corruption. One of the oddest things is that Tulane, instead of looking at what needs to be done and getting funds to lead in doing it, decided to close its engineering school. ?????? Where do we get these so-called leaders of universities?
isnt N.O. considered a wetlands now?
These non-standard units of measurement always bug me.
Unless I’ve dropped a decimal or two someplace, this works out to about 28 square miles/year.
The area of the state of Louisiana is 51,843 square miles.
I figure the state will be completely gone in the year 3873.
37.89 ‘football fields’ of wetlands gone every day? Can somebody do the math to figure up how long it will take before Louisiana is all non-wetland? How long has this been going on? A few days? A year? Sounds like a load of junk science to me. Mr. Stossel, pick up the courtesy phone...Mr. Stossel.
Ok, that was hilarious.
38 x 60 = 2280
football field is 360 x 160 = Area of 57600
57600 / 2280 = 25.26 square feet per second
Bar size pool table is 3.5 x 7 or area of 25.9(close enough)
Louisianas Wetlands Are Being Lost At The Rate Of One BAR SIZE POOL TABLE every second!
The Army Corps of Engineers puts the loss at 22,000 acres/year which is close to the football fields figure; their report of 2004 states that 30% is natural and 70% by mankind’s “activities” (undescribed).
Did they check William Jefferson's freezer? Maybe they are in there...
Do you know the difference between a "wetland" and a "swamp"?
No one will give you money to save a Swamp!
The wetlands aren’t disappearing, they’re just relocating.
“The Army Corps of Engineers has caused more expensive misery than probably any other part of the government.”
If you look at the history of the Corps projects on the Mississippi they have been batting close to 0. Tulane made a financial decision on Engineering, they were not in the top tier of schools. Engineering studies interfere with the Gentlemen’s B and partying.
You wouldn't believe the rain we're getting right this moment.
Interesting, the misconceptions many have,mainly of
Spent a year in Gulfport,MS
in recovery operations. My territory was Mobile, AL
Mainstream media focus was N.O.,IGNORING the truly
hard hit areas! Hope no Freeper ever has to see any
thing like the devastion Katrina brought!The purported
loss of wetland changes every year!Lived in Thibodeaux
many moons ago!
N o F
In other news, 87% of all statistics - particularly specious ones like this - are made up on the spot.
My point is that, confronted with a unique opportunity to become tops in an area of extreme importance to the local economy they threw it away.
Years ago a man I knew who had been in the corps for many years and who then became a large-scale contractor told me about a guy in the Corps who way back began to show that by moving earth and sand around as the Dutch do and not doing so much concretizing and channeling, the Corps could achieve much in the way of what was needed to avoid something like Katrina and do things less expensively. He found he was more and more being isolated and eventually was driven to retire.
This is not surprising to me. The Corps makes work by helping Congress with projects in their districts to maintain their support for more projects, most unneeded.
The break on the 17th. street canal that became a TV standard was in the back yard of a friend of mine. His interaction with the Corp could be the basis of a good book on boondoggles. This one canal and the MRGO could make a nice congressional investigation. Nothing happens without the Corps. Those on this forum that talk about La corruption should include the Corp as an enabler or at least co-conspirators.
There’s not much man can build that a good cat 5 hurricane can’t remove.
Louisiana call Nevada Lost and Found Department.
Defintions for wetlands vary, but none is so restrictive as a swamp. Typically a wetland requires 10-14 days of standing water a year, along with appropriate vegetation (which is rather common). So if you had a puddle in your back yard for 2 weeks in a year, chances are you have a wetland.
Also works with Jungle/Rainforest!
You sir have the winning post.
The people of Louisiana wish to thank the Army Corps of Engineers for the destruction of their state.
Why are they playing football in wetlands?
Everyone said I was daft to build a castle on a swamp, but I built in all the same, just to show them.
It sank into the swamp.
So I built a second one. That sank into the swamp.
So I built a third. That burned down, fell over, then sank into the swamp.
But the fourth one stayed up.
And that's what you're going to get, Lad, the strongest castle in all of England.
I read a lot of cute posts to this article.
Here is another one to have some fun with.