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What are the social and economic effects of Louisiana's marsh dieback?

Effects to industries such as oil and gas cannot be predicted, but healthy marshes and barrier islands are known to be important storm buffers to Louisiana's mainland. Concerns exist for Louisiana's coastal industries, as well as for Louisiana's coastal residents. As marshes and barrier islands deteriorate, people and their communities are placed at increased risk from major storms, as well as from minor storm events. Further, the continued loss of coastal landmasses could increase the intrusion of salt water into water bodies used as freshwater drinking sources.

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Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

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

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

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