St. Mary

Mar 2, 2011 8:24 PM by Melissa Hawkes

Some Coastal Parishes May Disappear

Every year sixteen square miles of Louisiana land gets washed away.
Vice President of Research at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Robert Twilley, said "water is rising from oceans and our land is sinking, so we are drowning everyday."
Morgan City resident, Frank Price, said, "I noticed this over the years, but you'd have to be a native around here."
Price has been fishing in water's near his hometown of Morgan City his whole life. He's says places he used to go hunt and fish at are no longer there.
Scientists predict by 2100 a number of parishes, including St. Martin and St. Mary, won't exist.
Price says fishermen along the coast have been forced to adapt and at the rate land is eroding, more people will have to do the same in the future.
He explained it affects many people, "From fisherman to logging, to working in lumber mills to the oil field ."
Researchers say the problem started decades ago when levees were built for flood control.
Price said, "they changed the whole ecosystem and everything."
Twilley added, "we have the sediment passing baton rouge and New Orleans everyday, but it goes out into the Gulf of Mexico. We need sediment to save Louisiana's coast. "

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