Report: 2nd oldest US wildlife refuge in jeopardy - Yahoo! News

Jul 12, 2008 | Posted by: Bolide Huntress | Full story: news.yahoo.com

The nation's second oldest national wildlife refuge, a chain of barrier islands southeast of New Orleans , is in danger of being lost unless the islands are restored, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said ...

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Jul 13, 2008
 
It is a well known fact that many islands eventually wear down or sink into the ocean. It would be fruitless to sink millions of dollars into trying to prevent nature from taking its course.
Brent Galyon

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I agree with you Dana, but what is not well known is that the barrier islands are being worn down due to anthropogenic changes upriver all along the Mississippi. When we interrupt sediment flow from its usual course at the mouth of the river, we are preventing the barrier islands from replenishing themselves naturally. Therefore, when large storms, such as Katrina, destroy some of the protective area, it is difficult to ever get back to its natural state. Their solutions are expensive and short term.

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