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April 9, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Louisiana fields too salty for rice

Wetlands restoration necessary

Saltwater intrusion is a symptom of the disease, costing rice farmers $36 million this year [“Louisiana rice fields salted by 2008 hurricane,” seattletimes.com, Business & Technology, April 8]. How much next?

Upon moving to New Orleans from humble Ballard, I was unaware the map of the continental U.S. was a fallacy. No one told me the ocean claimed 25 square miles of land annually from Louisiana.

Yet the problem is bigger than storm surge and the salinity it brings. The problem is coastal-wetlands degradation. It is the untreated disease that threatens southern Louisiana’s survival.

As a student, I’ve learned wetlands are crucial for a sustainable way of life down in the Big Easy. For every 2.7 miles of wetlands, storm surge is reduced by a foot. Without wetlands’ natural protection, New Orleans is unimaginably vulnerable to the Gulf.

Keep this city alive; its eccentricities and quirks have made me fall in love with New Orleans. $100 billion for wetlands restoration and New Orleans’ protection is a necessity worth fighting for.

— Emily Cardarelli, Fort Lewis

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