Louisiana’s Rabbit Island, eroding home to brown pelicans, gets $15.6 million facelift

The first is the rebuilding of Rabbit Island near St Charles. “The lone brown pelican colony in southwest Louisiana sits on an island that, like the vast majority of the state’s coastline, has fallen prey to erosion. These days, Rabbit Island is barely half the size it was in 1959, having been reduced to a 200-acre mix of open water and low land within Cameron Parish’s Calcasieu Lake.” When high tide occurs the tidal waters rush over the Island leaving no pace for the birds to place their eggs.

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Louisiana industry reports cutting toxic chemical releases by 5.6%

The second is the reduced emissions from chemical plants. “Louisiana industrial plants reported reducing the amount of toxic chemicals they released into the land, air or water by 5.6 percent in 2019 compared to 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced this week. Emissions totaled 129.3 million pounds, down from 136.9 million pounds a year earlier.”

This is not all good news as the waste increased 7%. Louisiana is second only to Texas in total releases.

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