Keeping the Gulf Oil out of the Louisiana Marshes

The Living on Earth’s radio program for 18th June contains a section, Let the River Work, reporting on the possibility of using the Mississippi River to keep the Gulf oil spill out of the sensitive Louisiana marshes.

The Mississippi River has already protected certain areas from oil and Paul Kemp, a coastal scientist with the National Audubon Society, wants to increase this natural defence.  Paul Kemp has sent a proposal to the US Environmental Protection Agency asking them to divert more water from a dam near Natchez, Mississippi and he tells the show’s host, Jeff Young, how the increased water flow could hold more oil offshore.

Mississippi River water diverted into Breton Sound marsh in La

Mississippi River water diverted into Breton Sound marsh in La. Under Paul Kemp's proposal, more water would flow through diversions like this to help keep oily water out of the marshes. (Photo: John Lopez)

The interview can be heard online or downloaded from the Let the River Work page which also contains the interview’s transcript.

David M. Davison

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