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On the River and the Gulf

June 14, 2010Patrick NunnallyRivers, UncategorizedComments Off on On the River and the Gulf

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill and related stories promise to dominate environmentally-related journalism for weeks if not months.  This blog won’t be the place for all of the up to date latest information because there are plenty of other people doing that.


When there is a particularly trenchant commentary or event relating to river management, though, I’ll take note and pass it along.


Today, the BirdLife Community web site included a post from Audubon that included this comment from G. Paul Kemp, Audubon coastal scientist:

“Long-term recovery for the Gulf Coast region depends on Mississippi River management”, says Kemp. “We have an opportunity right now to put the river to work for us, and these principles and lessons must be a part of our long-term response as well. We can’t save the coast without the river.

“Any long-term plan for the region’s health must include a new approach to river management – one that reconnects the river to its delta – as well as sustainable, science-based efforts to restore barrier islands and marshes.”


I would only add that reconnecting the river to its agricultural and urban watershed as well as to its delta should be part of the long-term prognosis.

Read the whole post from Audubon here



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