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Wetland restoration a joke

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These pic are a total joke I've seen very little accomplished in my life on restoration but have seen much devastation I thought hurricane Katrina was the real wake up call eight years later and this is what I see , if they want to make a difference they need to dredge an rebuild the coast there is land built overnight an the proof is there the oil companies should be liable For closing pipeline cut through our marshes but I'm sure some politician pockets are getting lined the Louisiana way . The water Lillie's in the pic did not exist before violet diversion and mrgo Dam and the new great wall if they put the diversion in braithwaite were screwed.
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Salvinia is everywhere
Salvinia and hyacinth are a problem all over the state. It travels from boat trailers as well. Lake Bistineau way northwest Louisiana is covered up with the stuff, and has nothing to do with a diversion. Lake Martin in Breaux Bridge is an impounded lake and its full of salvinia and hyacinth, with no input of water from anywhere, but it got in there from boat trailers. You are going to have to find something else to blame on diversions, maybe asian carp - nope, they are everywhere as well.

Those manmade floating mats you see appear to be part of a CCA project to get marsh grass to revegetate an area. Sorry its not to your liking
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plants
Floating plants are actually the first stage in the process of plant secession. These will serve as mats to support the next stage of weed growth. Our lake went from open water to second generation in less than 5 yrs. Explain this process in more detail, slick.
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not funny
'an the proof is there the oil companies should be liable'

Oil companies are to blame for everything. ha! The vast vast vast majority of the blame is with the army corps of engineers.

The corps leveed the river so that the marsh was cut off from what built it. The corps built the dams that cut the sediment load of the Mississippi River to a fraction of what it historically was.

Those two things are what is mostly responsible for the loss of land in out state.
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Oil Companies
I am so tired of people blaming every thing that goes wrong on oil companies. I work in the oil industry and I have been hunting and fishing in Louisiana my whole life, why would I want to destroy it? This can be said for many people who work in the oil and gas industry. What do you propose, shutting down all drilling and production platforms in the gulf so no-one will disturb the marsh? You are going out in the marsh complaining about the oil industry while burning the gas that they provide. Why don't you start the 'revolution' and quit buying gas? Quit driving your truck, quit driving your boat, oh and don't buy anything because almost every product is made using crude or its by-products. I bet if you started having to make sacrifices and coudln't take your boat in the marsh to complain about how terrible the coastal restoration effort is (when you are doing nothing to help by crusing around taking pictures) you would be begging for oil companies to remain in the gulf providing the gas that we take advantage of everyday.
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Got a few questions
Huntr

Those yellow flowers you have a picture of are beggarticks (Bidens) and make excellent duck food and deer will nip em as well, they stick to your waders and pants though!

Having never been there I can assume by looking at that massive cypress that its a natural lake, and was once connected to some sort of larger water body/river probably?

Has there been any alteration? Dams/water control structures?

Does it dry out ever?

If it does dry out, its more of a brake rather than a lake
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plant secession
Slick, that is whats called little tensas and it is a natural lake. About 5yrs ago we got hyacinth in it. In one summer it took over. We sprayed by airplane but the bad drought we had lowered the lake level so much that the hyacinth mats served as a place for windblown seeds to get started. AS you can see, there are many plants growing now. The bad news we lost one of the best huge crappie lake I know, but the good is this has made the most lush, succulent, smorgasbord of deer food. No dried out summer plot can compete with this but I no longer have to worry about deer food in the driest part of the summer. The drier it gets the more that's available for them. How many different plants can you identify. I have seen scattered narrowleaf sunflowers before, but never a whole patch of it.
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Hunt r, you can email me or post the pics on here for everyone. I like to id plants, its a big part of what I do and I want you to take pics of those plants I think are narrowleaf sunflower when they bloom to make sure
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Marsh disappearing
Nitrous Kyle, I don't think it is the production from offshore drilling he is beating up on. I too work offshore but I too, believe that that the constant dredging of drilling locations and pipeline canals had a very negative effect on our marshes. This allowed more access of salt water deep into our estuaries. That in conjunction with the leveeing off of the rivers was a horrible combination which has lead to the destruction of our coast. So yes, the oil companies did play a major role.
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disagree
from 1930 to 1960, the levees stopped the river's overflow, but the marsh wasn't effected in those 30 years. From 1960 to 1990 when the pipeline canals and canals for well drilling crisscrossed the marsh all the way to the Gulf allowing the salt water in, all the damage was done. Especially from Empire to Boothville, west side and Lafitte to Grand Isle. The salt water killed the marsh 100x more than a lack of new sediment.
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Pro drive
you got a pro drive. its made for that kinda stuff. just plow through it!
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restoration
Dedicated dredging does obviously have immediate, visible success. But it is not sustainable and ends up being incredibly expensive since you have to keep dredging to keep the land there. This is due to the fact that our delta land is constantly subsiding. There is a lot more thought and planning that goes into restoration than what meets the eye. Those guys know what they're doing, we just need to be patient.
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One thing is for sure
SALTWATER IS THE MAJOR PLAYER IN THIS GAME. Been fishing for over 59years and believe me we have caught big trout at the front door of Middendorf;s restaurant. Shrimp by the bucket off my dock in Lafitte. Last year caught a limit of reds, bass and trout all in the same morning. So I too would like to see the saltwater come in close but I don't like the lost of land and the damage a storm can do without this land. Wish I knew the answer but again SALTWATER IS THE PLAYER IN THIS GAME. PSI have posted many times fishing for saltwater fish will be on the decline with the closing of the MRGO this is a fact.
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mrgo
The MRGO is the culprit. We're holding the river against its will. If it were flowing naturally, it would have broken its banks and started a progradational stage in another area, which would bring the sediment supply back to that area and rebuild it. The lack of sediment deposit and the fact that our land subsides is the reason it is disappearing
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