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Weekend with Whitney: Coastal Erosion Plan

2 years 7 months 2 weeks ago Friday, March 06 2015 Mar 6, 2015 March 06, 2015 6:34 AM March 06, 2015 in 2une In
Source: WBRZ
By: Whitney Vann

According to a news study, selling credits for storing carbon in our wetland plants and soil could bring in more than $1.5 billion to Louisiana.

Louisiana is home to 40% of our nation's wetlands, but we suffer 80% of wetland loss in the continental U.S.

"We have an obligation not only to our state, but to our country to try and save America's wetlands, because of what Louisiana provides to the nation," Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne told News 2's Whitney Vann.

There's a $50 billion plan to help slow down coastal erosion...but that's money we don't have.

It's been easy to push it down the road," explained Dardenne. "but we can't keep pushing it down the road or there's not going to be a road to push it down."

If the coastal erosion continues at the same rate, in 35 years we would lose a chunk of Louisiana the size of Rhode Island.

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