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What are the likely effects of the dead and dying marshes if one or more hurricanes make landfall on the Louisiana coast or during normal winter storm fronts in the coming year?

There is great concern that the dead marsh areas could be seriously affected by major storm events. Local, state, and federal agencies are working together to determine what, if any, short-term measures can be implemented, and to put in place long-term remediation strategies. The Louisiana Governor's Office has requested consideration of an emergency funding allocation through federal sources to provide for immediate assistance.

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Louisiana Governor's Office

Salt Marsh Dieback in Coastal Louisiana: Survey of Plant and Soil Conditions in Barataria and Terrebonne Basins, June 2000-September 2001

Global Change Impacts on Mangrove Ecosystems (USGS Fact Sheet 2004-3125)

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