Louisiana is losing its boot!

By Jalen Duplessis

Louisiana is losing its boot! You may think it is not true, but for years, Louisiana has been losing land to coastal erosion. According to Brett Anderson, author of “Louisiana Loses Its Boot,” “an area approximately the size of a football field continues to slip away every hour.”

Since the early 20th Century, Louisiana started losing land, and it has come to the point that the state no longer looks like a boot. The iconic boot state is in danger of being no more. What is causing this? Erosion, salt water, oil fields, canals, diversion, levees, and because of the 2010 BP oil spill, the process was sped up. The wetlands that make up most of southern Louisiana have been suffering extreme erosion due to the salt water from canals killing the plants and soil that help the land flourish, levees causing diversion of the important nutrients that keep the wetlands healthy, and millions of gallons of harsh oil in the Gulf. If the wetlands cannot flourish, Louisiana will continue to be eaten away.

We can help stop Louisiana’s land from being lost by preventing salt water from entering into the wetlands and by cleaning up the oil. As far as the levee system, it is a lose-lose scenario because if we take away the levees, we will drown. There are organizations out there helping to stop this problem such as Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, and the National Wildlife Federation, among others. Students at Delgado had the chance to show their support by attending the “Save the Boot”event, hosted by Jenny Louis’ Fundamentals of Speech Communication class.  This was a Service Learning Project  held Nov. 3 by the Fitness Center behind Building One. which invited Delgado students to write their responses to the question, “How would you feel if you lost your home?”

More than three dozen responses included “devastated,” “sad,” “hurt” and “mad.” Students were also told how serious the situation was and how we could stop it. But we have to do something fast. Just compare the two different pictures below and you can see the difference 37 years has made in the toe of Louisiana’s boot, with more water than land to the right of the Mississippi River.


Picture by http://nola14.nytimes-institute.com

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