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  •  Well, (4.00)
    I think it would be a great idea to invest in re-establishing the marshes/wetlands and barrier islands...had they been in place as they used to be, the impact of the flooding would have been lessened by quite a few feet...perhaps then the levies wouldn't have been overcome and at least some of the initial flooding wouldn't have taken place.

    I think the suggestion upthread for using old military barracks for refugees is a good idea, but I also think that if people can open their homes to others, that would be very helpful too. I'm quite far away (in So. IL), but that's about all I can offer.

    As for work, perhaps refugees could help Habitat for Humanity rebuild homes for people....and we could set it up so that they could get paid for that work through a federal grant (or something like that).

    Those are just some ideas...also, as far as jobs go, I'm sure the power companies and construction corps. will all need to hire massive amounts of people...

    •  Can you explain what the role of the marshes (none)
      and wetlands have to lessen the effect of flooding? Why do they lessen the effect? And what is the reason that they are not anymore there as they used to be? Is that due to land development or due to construction of levies or due to construction of petroleum industry?

      It's the noble cause, stupid!

      by mimi on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 08:32:33 PM PDT

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      •  The marshes (4.00)
        Are the "sponge" that asbsorbs some of the runoff, gives it a place to go outside of the lake.

        They also provide a place for the storm to lash into and expend itself before hitting inhabited areas.

        They dont work anymore because they aren't there anymore.  The artificial regulation of the Mississippi river means that they don't get replinished with rich river silt when the river flods.  Therefore, they just erode off into the ocean without being replaced.

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          Part of the reason the coastline's no longer being built up is the jetties at the mouth of the river.  The Mississippi is the third largest river in the world, I believe, and serves most of the country; it's hugely important in shipping.  That said, the mouth of the river has to be kept navigable.  That's done by a couple of jetties at the mouth that reduce the width of the river.  This speeds the water up enough that rather than depositing the massive amounts of sediments it's carrying, it shoots it all over the continental shelf.  So all that soil that could be building up coastline is basically thrown away.  But it does keep the mouth open to ships.
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          Don't forget the damage the nutria do by chomping away a the fragile roots of the floating vegetation around the barrier islands.

          To read a really good book about how the Army Corps of Engineers pretty much screwed up the redirection  of the Mississippi, read John McPhee's wonderful book: The Control of Nature.

          Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. -Benjamin Franklin

          by Mags on Wed Aug 31, 2005 at 12:03:43 AM PDT

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