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The following are websites recommended by the Senior Seminar students, followed by their comments on the sites. This collection of sites is just the tip of the iceberg! We will add to this web resource list during the Luce Semester.
Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana-an advocacy group dedicated to securing commitment from the government to take the problem seriously.
The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program web site. The organization that Kerry St Pe is a part of from chapter 4 of Bayou Farewell. It contains information and links concerning the problem of land subsidence in the region that is feeling the effects the most. This source is updated quite frequently and is therefore relevant. It may be slightly biased in terms of the information it presents to a targeted audience but the authors are extremely credible.
This website is a government-sponsored clearinghouse for information related to land loss in coastal Louisiana. It is updated daily, and contains news, publications, maps, reports, links to other critical sites, and even a kids’ corner.
The official website of the Coast 2050 plan outlines goals originally set in the official document mentioned in Tidwell Coast 2050:Toward a Sustainable Coastal Louisiana and posts updates on strategies the government is using to deal with the disappearing land along the Louisianan coast. It has links to this and other documents by the state of Louisiana and federal partners in this project, including EIAs, and other governmental collaborations.
The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources website provides information on coastal restoration & management, conservation, and mineral resources.
This site is sponsored by the Delta Group of the Louisiana Chapter of the National Sierra Club. It is dedicated to disseminating information about the loss of land in coastal Louisiana, and provides information on how one can get involved. It has a good coastal erosion factsheet in pdf format.


This is a huge NOAA website dedicated to the dead zone, or hypoxia (Tidwell p. 188) at the mouth of the Mississippi. The site includes reports, assessments, and public comments about hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico.
This site is the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Restoration Division. The site deals with working towards repairing the problems dealt with in Bayou Farewell, and includes the different sections within the organization, and their specific tasks. Also of note is a GIS map that displays the areas where projects and monitoring done by the organization are located. This site is legitimately useful, in that it is a government organization of Louisiana designed to deal with the problems of land loss.

From Maggie Allio -- One of the students in the 132 lab I TA gave me this website for Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA). He said he's met her and she is very nice and knowldegable on the coastal issues we've been studying. He suggested we contact her for information on our projects.
The Upper Mississippi Basin Stakeholder Network website is sponsored by the Department of Resource Analysis at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. The site provides information on widespread effects of wetland loss, benefits of restoration, Louisiana Coastal Wetlands Restoration Plan, along with numerous other links on the Mississippi watershed.
This site is for the Louisiana Land and Water Foundation. The LLWF is a non-profit organization that helps to preserve the natural features of Louisiana, including the problem of coastal loss. This site represents the local concerns of the Louisiana people, as well as the actions being taken by concerned citizens to improve or preserve their state. This site is legitimate as well, as the work done by the organization is represented, and reference is made to other organizations that have helped with the projects that LLWF conducts.
http://www.mms.gov/itd/pubs/2001/2001-062.pdf This is a final report of the first six years (1992-1998) of the Coastal Marine Institute (CMI) program established as a jointly funded program between Minerals Management Service (MMS) and Louisiana State University (LSU).
http://www.lacoast.gov/maps/2003landloss/index.htm This site has some PDF maps illustrating the land lost, predicted future land loss, land gained, and predicted future land gain. There are also some general resources about Louisiana’s coast on the main page.
http://www.lacoast.gov/watermarks/1998c-fall/1impact/ This is a site that specifically addresses the oil industry's impact on Louisiana wetlands.
A webpage (published by Communications Department of Loyola University) for the Louisiana Coastal Communications Project. It gives a good introduction to the problem of lost coastal land in Louisiana and a long list of links to related websites, including the Army Corp of Engineers, other governmental agencies, the Coast 2050 website, as well as other resources from Loyola University. The Louisiana Coastal Communications Project is aimed at reaching the many stakeholders in this issue and communicating the need for action.

The following are short reviews of videos by the Senior Seminar students. All of these videos are available in the Department for viewing. The Luce Students will add their comments to these reviews. If you want to read the entire review, click on details.
Wings over the Wetlands

"Wings over the Wetlands" depicts the role the Barataria-Terrebonne basin plays as a critical stopover area for birds migrating across the Gulf of Mexico. In doing so, it discusses the effects of human activities on bird populations through migratory ground destruction on the barrier islands; as well as the current efforts to educate the community of the moral, aesthetic, economic, and ecological benefits of conserving these habitats.

Critique by Kiera Frederickson Details
America's Vanishing Treasure

“America’s Vanishing Treasure,” created by the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, describes the value of wetlands, why land loss in LA is occurring, the importance of LA fishing industries, the cost of land loss, what is being done currently to help the problem, and what still needs to be done in the future.

Critique by Cassie Gurbisz Details
America's Vanishing Treasure

America’s Vanishing Treasure explains the history of Louisiana land loss and the Mississippi River up to current times. The video provides statistics of the impact of this land loss, and also presents solutions, as well as the costs of both action and non-action.

Critique by Rob Berns Details
Rescuing the Treasure

“Rescuing the Treasure” is a summary of the problems in the Louisiana southern coast as described by the people who are trying to save it. It provides a lot of basic environmental science information and statistics on the rate of land loss.

Critique by Will Stephens Details
Haunted Waters, Fragile Lands, Oh, What Tales to Tell!

Haunted Waters, Fragile Lands, Oh, What Tales to Tell! is a documentary on the history of the problems of the Mississippi Delta. It introduces all of the different cultural groups of the coastal region and their interactions with the ecosystem, explaining how in the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary the “History and ecology are forever changing each other.”

Critque by Maggie Allio Details
We Are All Smith Islanders

"We Are All Smith Islanders" was well put together and did a good job of illustrating the various impacts global climate change is having on so many different people. The video went into detail about global climate change (what causes it and why) and also interviewed people from the Chesapeake Bay region to give viewers an idea of how global climate change is affecting them.

Critique by Michael Andree Details

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