Thursday, November 06, 2008

Louisiana Wetlands Documentary on tonite.....


How often do you put gas in your car?  Do you enjoy coffee every day?  Looking forward to Louisiana-caught shrimp for dinner tonight?

If the devastation of Louisiana's coastal erosion isn't addressed immediately, all of those things, and more, will simply not be available when you want them.  

The new wetlands documentary,Harvest to Restore America's Coast Heartland,  which airs on WLAE Thursday, November 6th at 8pm,  addresses the far-reaching effects of Louisiana's coastal land loss and what needs to be done to address this environmental catastrophe.

It took seven thousand five hundred years for the Mississippi River to create the wetlands of Southeast Louisiana.  It took about seventy-five years for Man to effect the environmental changes that would destroy them.  Scientists estimate that there's only a decade, at most two, before it's too late to save coastal Louisiana.

With the massive land loss along Louisiana's Gulf Coast finally being widely recognized as a nationally-critical environmental disaster, the decades of studying the problem are finally, fitfully, shifting into implementation of large scale restoration.  But when a problem is so
massive — a thousand square miles of coastal lands have already disappeared — exactly what can we do to stop the damage?

Harvest to Restore examines in depth the technology that a growing consensus of scientists believe is the only workable solution to the Gulf Coastal land loss crisis.  Pipeline sediment delivery — no, it's not a name that rolls easily off the tongue —holds the promise of
expeditiously recreating the natural system of barrier islands, marshes, and ridgelands that provide the only practical long term hurricane protection both to America's energy hub and to the port of New Orleans (through which comes almost half of the coffee America drinks, along with a surprising amount of consumer goods!).

The documentary looks at how pipeline sediment delivery works, how it's being used in other countries around the world, and how it might be implemented in the Louisiana coastal zone.

Award-winning writer/producer/director Michelle Benoit, along with co-producer/husband Glen Pitre, are lifelong residents of the Louisiana coastal zone.  Their films have been shown nationwide and around the world and have been translated into more than sixteen languages.

Harvest to Restore is a co-production of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, Louisiana Public Broadcasting, and Cote Blanche Productions, inc.

For more info call BTNEP at 1-800-259-0869, visit or contact

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