Harvest to Restore| 26mins
Director: Michelle Benoit | Producer: Glen Pitre
Focus Years: 2008 | Country: United States
It took 7,500 years for the Mississippi River to create the wetlands of southeast Louisiana. It took 75 years for humans to create the environmental changes that would destroy them. Scientists estimate that thereâ€™s only a decade, at most two, to save them. With the massive land loss along Louisianaâ€™s gulf coast finally being recognized as a nationally-critical environmental disaster, the decades of studying the problem are finally shifting into implementation of large-scale restoration. But when a problem is so massive - a thousand square miles of coastal lands have already disappeared - exactly what can we do to stop the damage? â€œHarvest to Restoreâ€ examines in depth the technology that a growing consensus of scientists believe is the only workable solution to the gulf coastal land loss crisis. Pipeline sediment delivery holds the promise of expeditiously recreating the natural system of barrier islands, marshes, and ridge lands that provide the only practical long-term hurricane protection both to Americaâ€™s energy hub and to the port and city of New Orleans. The documentary looks at how pipeline sediment delivery works, how itâ€™s being used in other countries around the world, and how it might be implemented in the Louisiana coastal zone. â€œHarvest to Restoreâ€ is a co-production of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, Louisiana Public Broadcasting, and Cote Blanche Productions, Inc.