Harvest to Restore »»»Published: September 15, 2009

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  • Harvest to restore looks at the efforts to fortify Louisiana's vanishing coastline.

It took seven thousand five hundred years for the Mississippi River to create the wetlands of Southeast Louisiana.

It took about seventy-five years for Man to effect the environmental changes that would destroy them.

Scientists estimate that there’s only a decade, at most two, before it’s too late to save them.

When a problem is this massive — a thousand square miles of coastal lands have already disappeared — exactly what is the best course of action?

Many scientists now believe that pipeline sediment delivery holds the promise of expeditiously recreating the natural system of barrier islands, marshes, and ridgelands that provide the only practical long term hurricane protection both to America’s energy hub and to the port and city of New Orleans. The documentary looks at how pipeline sediment delivery works, how it’s being used in other countries around the world, and how it might be implemented in the Louisiana coastal zone.

Harvest to Restore, a co-production of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, Louisiana Public Broadcasting, and Côte Blanche Productions, Inc, looks at the new methods being used to try and save the state’s rapidly disappearing coastline and wetlands. The 30-minute documentary premiered on Tuesday, September 23 at 9PM on LPB and WLAE-TV in New Orleans.

Award-winning writer/producer/director Michelle Benoit, along with co-producer/husband Glen Pitre, are lifelong residents of the Louisiana coastal zone. Their films have been shown nationwide and around the world and have been translated into more than sixteen languages.


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