In your Sept. 1 editorial “Two years after Katrina, disgrace lingers,” you pointed out that “insufficient attention is being paid to restoring wetland areas that are nature’s barrier against hurricanes.”
I agree, but many are missing the point. It is sheer folly to suggest that coastal restoration alone can prevent the type of disaster that befell New Orleans or any other coastal community in Louisiana. It is also folly to suggest that levees alone can do the job.
Instead, the full integration of levees and coastal restoration ultimately will overcome the mistakes of Louisiana’s past. Balancing these objectives is at the heart of Louisiana’s comprehensive coastal restoration and protection plan.
Preserving the national assets within Louisiana’s coastal landscape requires a significant investment by Congress. We must address the entire system, levees and wetlands working together. Passing the Water Resource Development Act now is a great first step.
Chairwoman, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana
Baton Rouge, La.