Scientists warn long levees could cause more coastal damage

03/16/2007 | Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.), The

The proposal to construct long levees along Louisiana's coast to provide additional hurricane protection could speed coastal deterioration, according to a group of coastal scientists and engineers. In a letter to Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco and Lt. Gen. Carl Strock of the Army Corps of Engineers, the scientists say the levee systems will promote development in former wetland areas and the concept of "leaky levees" would likely not work.

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