Monday :: Aug 29, 2005

Hurricane Update

by Mary

Loss of coastal wetlands leads to much worse damage from hurricanes.

Experts agree that healthy coastal wetlands provide the best defense against such a catastrophe. Marshes and swamps attenuate the storm surge as it comes ashore, softening the blow to any cities behind them. Experts differ on the exact figures, but a common rule is that traversing 1.5 miles of wetlands diminishes a storm surge by a foot.

The Army Corps of Engineers' goal of trapping the Mississippi River in its current banks for perpetuity seems to have a perverse outcome. Do you think we will ever find a way to work with nature rather than to deny that we need to adjust to its rules, and not the other way around?

You can help those affected by this hurricane by donating through the Red Cross.

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