Alexandra Cousteau speaks with Louisiana native Tab Benoit, President of Voice of the Wetlands. Benoit has watched the wetlands of Louisiana disappear over the years with his own eyes. He believes they can be saved by letting the Mississippi River run its natural course.

(From Blue Legacy's Expedition: Blue Planet)

We flew last night from St Louis, MO, to New Orleans, LA, to continue exploring water stories for the US leg of the Expedition. And yes, it has become clear to us that there are several critical storylines related to the Mississippi River.

We follow the red thread of one such tale to the mystical Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve in Barataria, where approximately 30,000 acres of wetlands have been tenuously protected from the fate has devastated the other 3.5 million acres of the Mississippi River delta. Those have been “engineered” out of existence. READ MORE

--from Alexandra Cousteau's Mississippi River blog/Expedition: Blue Planet

Alexandra Cousteau on a dock over the Mississippi River
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Expedition: Blue Planet is part of Alexandra Cousteau's Blue Legacy. It is a 100-day journey across 5 continents exploring the most critical water issues of our time. This Expedition is not just about oceans: it's about people, our connection to water issues around the world, and a recognition that we all have the power to protect and replenish our most important life support system.

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Blue Legacy - An interview with Louisiana musician Tab Benoit
The local activist and artist speaks up for the wetlands in his home state.