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  • Vanishing Paradise : Subscribe
    Vanishing Paradise Search Join VP on Recent Blogs 04 27 16 The Bonnet Carré Provides Plenty of Recreational Opportunities 04 14 16 Register for Conservation on Tap April 20th 04 06 16 Florida Bay A Vision of Paradise in Decline Vanishing Paradise was launched in 2009 by Ducks Unlimited and National Wildlife Federation to advocate for restoration of the Mississippi River Delta by nationalizing the issue The Vanishing Paradise team

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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates : The Bonnet Carré Provides Plenty Of Recreational Opportunities
    the mechanics of its operation we can better understand the implications of the introduction of river water and sediment into nearby fish and wildlife habitat Built in the aftermath of the devastating 1927 flood urgency saw this 350 bay structure designed and built in just two and a half years When the Mississippi River above New Orleans is in flood this floodway can divert up to 250 000 cubic feet of water per second and sometimes more That s enough water to fill almost 3 Olympic size swimming pools every second The water flows from the Mississippi River across the spillway and into Lake Pontchartrain Timbers of the structure When the spillway is opened water and some sediment is pulled off the top of the river and a portion of this sediment is deposited within the spillway Fresh water also leaks through the timbers of the structure into the spillway when the river stage reaches more than 15 ft This periodic introduction of fresh water sediment and nutrients simulates the natural flooding of the river that once built and help maintain much of southeast Louisiana before levees were constructed Sediment deposition in the spillway can be seen in sediment cores and with the presence of natural cypress regeneration a rare sight in most swamps in the region Cypress regeneration in the spillway swamps Since the spillway only pulls water off the top of the river and there is typically less sediment at the surface than there is at deeper depths less sediment moves through the spillway compared to water This makes the Bonnet Carré different from the planned sediment diversion projects which will be located designed and operated to maximize sediment capture However the periodic introduction of fresh water and some sediment benefits the habitats of the spillway including bottomland

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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates : Register For Conservation On Tap - April 20th
    Apr 14 Posted by National Wildlife Federation Register today for our popular Conservation on Tap on Wednesday April 20th in Baton Rouge or Lafayette Louisiana Vanishing Paradise Whole Foods and New Belgium Brewery is offering a fun evening of conservation craft beer and cheese samplings Join us at either the Whole Foods Baton Rouge or Lafayette stores to learn about coastal restoration and conservation efforts and progress Must be 21 or older to participate Registration Required Whole Foods Baton Rouge LA April 20th 6 30PM 7 30PM Whole Foods Lafayette LA April 20th 7PM 10PM Don t forget to bring your grocery list with you to Whole Foods on April 20th Five percent of the day s proceeds at each store will be donated to our program newer older Search Join VP on Recent Blogs 04 27 16 The Bonnet Carré Provides Plenty of Recreational Opportunities 04 14 16 Register for Conservation on Tap April 20th 04 06 16 Florida Bay A Vision of Paradise in Decline Vanishing Paradise was launched in 2009 by Ducks Unlimited and National Wildlife Federation to advocate for restoration of the Mississippi River Delta by nationalizing the issue The Vanishing Paradise team remains committed to

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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates : Florida Bay: A Vision Of Paradise, In Decline
    developed 15 years ago CERP creates a new plumbing diagram but it costs money and it needs the political will to put in new pipes and turn the water back on About eighty years ago the Army Corps of Engineers Corps built the Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee to protect people living along the lake s edge from catastrophic flooding Instead of allowing the water to flow south as it did before the Corps constructed canals to carry it east and west through the fastest easiest shortcuts to the ocean they could find the St Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers Whenever Lake Okeechobee got too full threatening the structural integrity of the dike the Corps opened the flood gates and sent the water east and west to the coasts This year the Corps has already flushed record amounts of water from Lake Okeechobee east through the St Lucie and west through the Caloosahatchee to relieve the pressure on the dike This sends billions of gallons of polluted freshwater into the St Lucie Estuary Indian River Lagoon and the Caloosahatchee Estuary estuaries critical for the health of our sportfish while too little went south to the Everglades and Florida Bay The visibly dark polluted discharges prompted Governor Rick Scott to declare a state of emergency in several counties but the damage was already done It s a disaster for sea grasses and the delicate balance of salt and freshwater so vital to estuarine life A disaster for those who make their living relying on the health of these ecosystems Mangrove and Periphyton Photo credit National Park Service G Gardner Congress and the Florida legislature need to spend the money needed to change the plumbing diagram and send the water south in the measured amounts on a proper schedule and in the right

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Contact Us
    this simple math problem 6 7 Search Join VP on Recent Blogs 04 27 16 The Bonnet Carré Provides Plenty of Recreational Opportunities 04 14 16 Register for Conservation on Tap April 20th 04 06 16 Florida Bay A Vision of Paradise in Decline Vanishing Paradise was launched in 2009 by Ducks Unlimited and National Wildlife Federation to advocate for restoration of the Mississippi River Delta by nationalizing the issue

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  • Vanishing Paradise : 2010 Gulf Oil Disaster
    according to NOAA the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration including many of Louisiana s ecologically important barrier islands Statistics from NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources show that the number of marine mammal strandings including whales dolphins and sea turtles has increased dramatically since the spill A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences documented the effect of BP oil on Gulf killifish This minnow like wetlands fish also known as bull minnow or cacahoe is a critical part of the Gulf s food chain and is commonly used for bait The study found that oil exposure has altered the killifish s cellular function in ways that are known to be predictive of developmental abnormalities decreased hatching success and decreased embryo and larval survival Researchers from Auburn University have found that oil mats found on the Alabama coast in the wake of Tropical Storm Lee were from the BP oil spill The study throws into doubt the widely held belief that submerged oil from the Deepwater Horizon accident isn t as harmful as it once was The spill is also taking an economic toll on the fishing industry in the Delta While testing has shown that seafood in the Gulf is safe to eat many fishing guides have reported a significant drop in business since the spill In 2012 the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability Tourist Opportunities and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act RESTORE Act was signed into law It created a framework for managing and financing the Gulf Coast s recovery and establishes a trust account that will a portion of Clean Water Act penalties from the spill to go towards Gulf Coast restoration Related Information Restoring the Gulf of Mexico Looking Back Moving Ahead The Oil Spill s Lingering Impact on Gulf

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  • Vanishing Paradise : The RESTORE Act
    The RESTORE Act mandates that the restoration plan Restore and protect natural resources ecosystems fisheries marine and wildlife habitats beaches and wetlands of the Gulf Coast Prioritize large scale projects that make the greatest contribution to ecological restoration Incorporate recommendations from existing plans such as the Gulf of Mexico Regional Ecosystem Restoration Strategy pdf and Louisiana Coastal Master Plan Be based on the best available science Be updated every five years Hunting and fishing are vital revenue streams for the nation s economy By passing the RESTORE Act and investing oil spill fines into restoring coastal wetlands Congress is also investing in our national economy What is the Breakdown of RESTORE Act Funding The RESTORE Act dedicates 80 percent of all Clean Water Act CWA penalties paid by those responsible for the 2010 gulf oil disaster to Gulf Coast restoration Without it these funds would have gone to the U S Treasury and could have been used for spending unrelated to the disaster As BP and other responsible parties pay fines under CWA the money will first be transferred to a trust fund The money in this Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund will be allocated according to the following guidelines 30 percent for habitat restoration projects in the Comprehensive Plan as determined by the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council 30 percent divided among the five Gulf states based on the Oil Spill Impact Allocation Formula which is based on factors like population miles of shoreline oiled and distance to the rig 35 percent divided equally between the five Gulf states 7 percent to each to be used for eligible restoration activities 2 5 percent dedicated to a Gulf Coast fisheries monitoring program 2 5 percent to establish Gulf Coast Centers of Excellence research centers What projects are funded The RESTORE

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  • Vanishing Paradise : Press Room : Restoring The Gulf Of Mexico For Fish And Wildlife: New Report
    numerous species of fish and these habitats are also critical for the millions of waterfowl that winter or stopover on the Gulf Coast The report s 47 proposals can be grouped into these five general categories 1 Restoring Wetlands Wetlands play a critical role in the Gulf ecosystem creating habitat for fish and wildlife filtering pollutants stabilizing shorelines and providing protection from storms Over the past eight decades the Gulf Coast has lost an area of wetlands larger than the state of state of Delaware largely in the area of Louisiana known as the Mississippi River Delta 2 Restoring Sediment The Mississippi River is hemmed in by man made levees the river sediment that once nourished the delta s wetlands is now propelled deep into the Gulf If all of the 19 recommended projects in Louisiana were built together they would sustain restore and rebuild as many as 300 square miles of wetlands that would otherwise be lost by 2060 3 Restoring the Balance between Fresh and Saltwater Estuaries are created where fresh water from rivers mixes with saltwater from the Gulf In most of the Gulf s estuaries the natural balance of fresh and salt water has been dramatically altered The report recommends fixes for many of the Gulf s major estuaries including the Everglades and Apalachicola Bay in Florida as well as five systems in Texas 4 Restoring Oyster Reefs An adult oyster can filter as much as 50 gallons of water per day and oyster reefs provide important habitat for many economically important species of fish such as redfish shrimp and blue crabs Oyster reefs also create physical structures that can protect coastal communities from storms Restoring oyster reefs is a key element in several of the recommended projects in the report for example in Mississippi s

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