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Looking Beyond the Spill, Obama Highlights Long-Term Restoration

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Science  25 Jun 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5986, pp. 1618-1619
DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5986.1618

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All told, nearly 6000 square kilometers of wetlands along the Gulf of Mexico have disappeared underwater in the past 100 years. Even though more than $2 billion has been committed over the past 2 decades by the state of Louisiana and the federal government, efforts to restore the ecosystem are dwarfed by the scope of the problem. But now advocates have hopes for new momentum. In a primetime speech about the oil spill, President Barack Obama last week called for long-term restoration and put the secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, who was governor of Mississippi from 1988 to 1992, in charge of developing a plan.