Using Oil Spill Money to Restore Barrier Islands

Louisiana Is Restoring Its Barrier Islands to Defend Against Hurricanes and Rising Seas. Funds from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill are flowing into the state, financing unprecedented restoration work along its beleaguered coast — just in the nick of time. Louisiana is in a race against time, says Governor John Bel Edwards: “If we don’t restore these barrier islands, then our future is in peril. That land is the first line of defense. What we cannot have is a situation where the Gulf of Mexico is lapping at the levees of New Orleans.”

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