Proceedings of the conference on coastal erosion and wetland modification in Louisiana: causes, consequences, and options
This volume contains 16 papers and panel discussions from a conference held in Baton Rouge, La., 5-6 October 1981. The presentations consider the causes and consequences of coastal erosion and wetland modification in Louisiana and the mitigative options available to slow or reverse the rapid rate of coastal land loss. Detailed habitat mapping studies have allowed accurate estimates of coastal habitat change and land loss through 1978. Projections from these rates of change indicate an annual rate of land loss in coastal Louisiana in the early 1980's of approximately 130 km2/yr (50 m2/yr).
The projected effects of wetland modification on the bountiful living resources of coastal Louisiana (fisheries, fur and hide bearers and waterfowl) are major because of the close dependence of these resources on estuarine wetlands. These changes and others related to flood protection, transportation and ownership of mineral resources are projected to have extensive social and economic consequences.
Options proposed to slow coastal land loss include major and minor diversion of the Mississippi River, barrier island and shoreline restoration protection, hydrological management of wetlands and more restrictive permitting of dredging activities.
Additional publication details
|Publication Subtype||Federal Government Series|
|Title||Proceedings of the conference on coastal erosion and wetland modification in Louisiana: causes, consequences, and options|
|Publisher||U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Biological Services Program|
|Publisher location||Washington, D.C.|
|Description||viii, 256 p.|