Washing Away: Losing Louisiana's Wetlands and Culture
"If you drive a car in America, if you use heating oil, you are depending on a viable, healthy, system of wetlands in Louisiana. Everything is connected...The wetlands are who we are and we are truly wetlands people, have been for generations."
- Kerry St. Pé, Director of the Barrataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program
Louisiana is known for its unique coastal population, one that exemplifies diversity and a strong cultural heritage. The people that reside in this region rely heavily on the surrounding wetlands for their livelihood, economic prosperity, and their cultural identity. Kerry St. Pé, Director of the Barrataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program and lifelong resident of south Louisiana, shares his perspective on wetland loss and consequent loss of a culture.
View Larger Image
For more information:
NOAA CSC Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP) land cover products, 2010
NOAA Fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation
EPA Wetlands Protection/ What Can I Do? Website