NEW ORLEANS, July 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In an open letter to Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, published in today’s editions of Roll Call, Politico, Times-Picayune, and The Baton Rouge Advocate, the America’s WETLAND Foundation (AWF) was joined by prominent environmental and conservation organizations in applauding his recent visit to the Gulf region to listen to those closest to the Deepwater Horizon disaster and who have been a part of restoration planning for many years.
The ad — taken out by the America’s WETLAND Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, Environmental Defense Fund, the National Wildlife Federation, Ducks Unlimited, National Audubon Society, and the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana — points out that plans to divert fresh water and sediment from the Mississippi River back into the marshes have already been authorized by Congress but lack the necessary federal funding and requests Secretary Mabus to call for immediate funding and implementation of those plans.
“Secretary Mabus’ commitment that recovery plans should come from within the region itself is welcomed,” said R. King Milling, chairman of AWF. “Louisiana has a master plan for coastal restoration and protection unanimously approved by the Legislature, as well as Congressional authorizations, that sit idly without funding. Acting on these plans, especially those that reconnect the river to the wetlands, is what is needed now.”