Environmental Defense: Help Restore Gulf Coast Wetlands

August 28th, 2006 3:00 pm by mad mags

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From: Environmental Defense – TakeAction [at] environmentaldefense.org
Date: Aug 28, 2006 9:52 AM
Subject: Send an Email – Help Restore Gulf Coast Wetlands

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One year later, the Gulf Coast is still at risk.

Take action today to support wetlands restoration.

http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/hurricanekatrina/

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Tomorrow marks the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Many of us remain shocked and saddened by the widespread devastation of New Orleans and the surrounding Gulf Coast region.

Yet, Washington has failed to learn the lessons of this tragedy.

There has been almost no leadership or funding for the restoration of coastal wetlands and barrier islands in the Mississippi Delta region. These wetlands act as natural buffer zones that protect populated areas from the full force of powerful storms.

Check out our list of Katrina facts and then help us prevent future tragedies. Send Congress and the President a message demanding that they fully fund the restoration and protection of vital coastal wetlands in the Mississippi Delta.

http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/hurricanekatrina/

1,836: Estimated death toll from Katrina, making it the deadliest storm to hit the U.S. since 1928.

1 Million: Number of people displaced by the storm.

80: Percent of New Orleans that was flooded, some places under 20 feet of water.

48 Football Fields: Amount of coastal marshes and wetlands that disappear every day to open water in coastal Louisiana.

118: Square miles of coastal wetlands in the Mississippi Delta converted to open water after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

2.7: Miles of coastal marshes and wetlands between New Orleans and the open ocean needed to reduce storm surges by 1 foot.

$500 Million: Amount needed annually for 30 years to restore coastal marshes and wetlands to fully protect New Orleans in the future.

$80 Billion: Amount of federal spending designated to rebuild New Orleans post-Katrina.

0.125%: Amount of these federal dollars designated for Gulf Coast wetlands restoration.

The Gulf Coast needs your help. Take action today.

http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/hurricanekatrina/

Thank you,

Environmental Defense Action Network

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