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It is the largest coastal ecosystem in the Continental U.S. Yet, this fragile delta is experiencing the fastest rate of land loss on earth.

Home to vital habitat for America’s birds, fish and shellfish, critical resources and industries, and millions of people, this endangered region faces challenges that will soon decide its fate.education link

Explore proposed solutions and proven strategies, along with bold engineering from around the world that can “Turn the Tide” on this national crisis unfolding at the mouth of the Mississippi River Delta on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast.

This project was funded by a grant from the McKnight Foundation and by the Foundation for Excellence in Louisiana Public Broadcasting.




About the Artist

Joe Castillo is an internationally renowned artist whose work has inspired and touched thousands. A 2012 semifinalist on the hit TV show “America’s Got Talent,” he has mesmerized audiences the world over, performing for Kings, presidents and dignitaries in more than 18 countries. Using the unique medium of sand, a light table and music, he illustrates scenes transforming one into the next, captivating audiences with his “sand stories” as they watch them unfold before their eyes.

In 2011, LPB partnered with Joe to create an original sand story for Turning the Tide, a documentary about Louisiana’s disappearing coast. Through his awe-inspiring artistry and the symbolic sands upon which it was built, the Mississippi River Delta evolves and the story of Louisiana’s coastal crisis unfurls.



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