New book on Louisiana's coastal wetlands

03/10/2001

strp10-32a.jpg (8814 bytes)Dr Bill Streever, presently Environmental Studies Leader with BP Exploration (Alaska) in Anchorage, Alaska, USA, and until recently with the Waterways Experiment Station of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA, is an active and very helpful observer/participant in the Convention's Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) representing the Society of Wetland Scientists. His contacts are streevbj@bp.com, http://www.bp.com/alaska/index_envstudies.htm.

This is the University Press of Mississippi press release on Dr Streever's new book.


SAVING LOUISIANA? THE BATTLE FOR COASTAL WETLANDS By Bill Streever University Press of Mississippi $46.00 hardback ISBN 1-57806-329-9 $18.00 paperback ISBN 1-57806-348-5

Book News for Immediate Release

Expert wonders whether Louisiana's wetlands can be saved

Wetlands expert Bill Streever spent years struggling with the question: Can Louisiana's wetlands be saved?

Salt water is inundating coastal Louisiana, transforming precious wetlands into backwaters of the Gulf of Mexico. Science may hold the key to reversing the problem. But what will the cost be? And will the plan work? These are the quandaries Streever reports in his new book SAVING LOUISIANA? THE BATTLE FOR COASTAL WETLANDS (University Press of Mississippi).

For what is unquestionably the most ambitious ecosystem management and restoration program ever proposed, calls have been made to save the Louisiana coast, with a price tag of fourteen billion dollars.

From the Mississippi River's Old River Control Structure to the pipeline canals of the Gulf's oil fields to the capitol in Baton Rouge, Streever's new book follows scientists, conservationists, and politicians, as they persistently tackle Streever's question. For some experts, technical uncertainty impedes progress. For others, bureaucracy and special interests block what they see as the right path. Still others believe that the real challenge lies in determining what society really wants, so that ecosystem restoration becomes a balance of dollars against choices.

SAVING LOUISIANA? contains on-the-scene reporting, as Streever accompanies scientists and advocates in flights over canals backfilled to promote plant growth, in excursions to measure Mississippi River sediment, in fishing trips on Calcasieu Lake, and in canoe explorations of a cypress swamp contaminated by lead and zinc. As Streever considers the methods and results of science side-by-side with the scientists themselves, he reveals personalities and biases, passions and commitments. Anyone intrigued by the big ecosystem restoration projects underway in the Florida Everglades, the Chesapeake Bay, the Puget Sound, and elsewhere will find this account of Louisiana's morass compelling and cautionary.

Bill Streever is a research biologist in Eagle River, Alaska, and was formerly at the Waterways Experiment Station (Wetlands Branch) in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He is the author of BRINGING BACK THE WETLANDS (1999), and his work has appeared in such periodicals as WETLANDS, JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, ESTUARIES, and AMERICAN MIDLAND NATURALIST.

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For more information contact Steven B. Yates, Assistant Marketing Manager/Promotions, +1 601.432.6459, e-mail syates@ihl.state.ms.us. Visit the UPM website at www.upress.state.ms.us.

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