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Habeas Index | Sunday, April 20th, 2014

For our last lunchtime discussion, Thursday September 25th from 12:30 - 1:30, we turn our attention east. Louisiana is losing approximately 24 square miles per year of its coastal wetlands – the equivalent of one football field every 38 minutes. Oil exploration, Army Corps of Engineers projects and extensive development have all contributed to the loss of this unique habitat, which functions as a critical natural barrier to storm surges from hurricanes. Without a serious commitment to restore Louisiana’s coast, it is predicted that New Orleans and the surrounding areas face certain catastrophe within a decade, with destabilizing repercussions for the entire nation. Learn about Louisiana’s vanishing coast — why these coastal wetlands play such a pivotal role in our country’s future, and what it means for New Orleans and the rest of the country, in this presentation by Jason Neville and Alaine Azcona.
Jason Neville moved to Los Angeles from New Orleans one month before the levee failures after Hurricane Katrina, and has been active in recovery planning since then. He currently is an urban planner for the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles. Alaine Azcona is also a native New Orleanian and urban planner. She is currently the program manager for the MAK Center’s Urban Future Initiative.

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