The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program; confronting land loss

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Authors:Black, Peter E.
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State University of New York, Syracuse, NY, United States
Volume Title:Water Resources Impact
Source:Water Resources Impact, 2(2), p.23-26. Publisher: American Water Resources Association, Herndon, VA, United States. ISSN: 1522-3175
Publication Date:2000
Note:In English. 2 refs.; sketch map
Summary:This article summarizes the circumstances surrounding the initiation of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP), its program structure and values, and its value to watershed planning for uncertainty and change. The material herein is abstracted without specific reference from information appearing on the organization's website ( accessed on January 30, 2000) and from several cited reports and brochures obtained from BTNEP personnel. The Barataria and Terrebonne drainage basin-estuary systems were threatened by coastal erosion to the point where their physical loss was imminent, and a coalition was formed to identify objectives and plans to meet them. The entire project is a classic illustration of an environmental crisis requiring rapid creation of a program that involves all legitimately interested public and private stakeholders and providing the constraint that defined the scope of interest. The project was established under an existing federal program, the Environmental Protection Agency's National Estuary Program (NEP), which currently involves 28 estuaries around the nation. The NEP is designed to focus on local needs and to empower communities to effectively act in their own interests, not those of a federal agency. It is a useful tool in the arsenal of planning for uncertainty and change, as clearly illustrated by the BTNEP.
Subjects:Coastal environment; Erodibility; Erosion control; Estuarine environment; Land management; Land use; Marshes; Mires; Monitoring; Nutrients; Planning; Pollution; Preventive measures; Programs; Protection; Remediation; Sediments; Soils; Toxic materials; Transport; Water quality; Barataria Bay; Louisiana; United States; Bacteria; Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary
Coordinates:N290000 N303000 W0900000 W0913000
Record ID:2000058428
Copyright Information:GeoRef, Copyright 2018 American Geosciences Institute.
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