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Navy Secretary Mabus Came to Town . . . — 9 Comments

  1. I know you’re not the only person feeling the way you do. Chin up! You “Bayou People” will make a come back stronger than before!

  2. Well spoken, well written and so true. Your opportunity in one on one probably had a greater impact on his thoughts because he received it as a person instead of a politician trying to appeal to an audience. Wendy, you have a big heart, not only for family and friends but for a culture, a way of life and for the future. God Bless you.

  3. I’m glad you went, and thank you mightily for your report to us.

    I hate to say it, but in my own heart of hearts I don’t believe the President, the Congress or the Washington bureaucracy care about Louisiana. I don’t think most of the country understands that Louisiana is their treasure, too.

    So. Maybe if the front door is closed, we go around to the back. Maybe the Savior isn’t a person but a people, banded together in such numbers and with so much commitment that right things can be done despite the people who don’t care.

    I’m just feeling optimistic tonight. Haven’t a clue why, but it’s better than the alternative!

    • FYI, Linda, he’s not just responsible for the Louisiana coast, he’s responsible for the whole Gulf Coast, including Texas. Optimism is always a good thing, and we can never have too much of that around!

  4. Hey Wendy,

    I remember the conversation with Mike. I also remember the feeling that all of the hundreds and hundreds of people had when the Estuary Program began in 1991. Finally, we all thought, a plan was going to be forged and everyone will finally, once and for all, build a concensus agreement between all concerned about this place we all love to restore it. Since that plan was completed in 1996, i have seen constant replanning going on and very little implementation.

    There was the 2050, plan, several years of the state’s master plan, and now the Gulf Coast Restoration plan…all after the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program’s Comprehensive, Conservation and Management Plan. Our region can not hold on any longer. We can not endure the constant re-planning. Unless we IMPLEMENT a plan soon, we are doomed to erode away into the Gulf. We are only a hurricane away from total destruction. If we get a hurricane that’s powerful enough and follows the right track, our communities will flood like nothing before. There’s no wetlands “out there” to protect us any longer. We can not live behind levees alone. It’s that simple.

    Kerry

    • Kerry, thank you for bringing my readers up to date about the years of work the BTNEP has done (including some done by me!). So, I appreciate what you’re saying about the feeling everyone had when the Management Conference was formed: Finally, we’ll all come together and get the coast fixed. And look where we are so many years later. I know people call it gloom and doom, but I know for a fact that the words of destiny that you typed are not easy for you to type, having spent the best years of your adulthood working toward saving this coast, especially this estuary system. I have the utmost respect for your dedication and that of your staff. If there’s anything I can do via this blog, please do not hesitate to ask. It will be done to the best of my ability.

  5. I am so very thankful that our community has such passionate and heartfelt leaders. Thank you, BW, for sharing your story and having the courage to address Secretary Mabus. And thank you, Mr. St. Pe’ for your tireless work to save our beautiful Louisiana coast.

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