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Louisiana’s Vanishing Coast (1984)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Fort Livingston, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, Fort Proctor, St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1984-10-12

Duration: 00:09:41

Subjects: Environment | COASTAL EROSION | Saltwater encroachment | Barrier islands | Hurricane protection


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Johnson, Ken Reporter
  • Nunez, Sammy Interviewee
  • McCloskey, Bethlyn Interviewee
  • Ullo, Chris Interviewee
  • Marullo, Tom Interviewee
  • Groat, Charles Interviewee
  • Fernandez, Manny Interviewee


This segment from the October 12, 1984, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Ken Johnson’s report on Louisiana’s vanishing coast due to coastal erosion. Johnson reports that Louisiana loses 50 square miles of coastline per year. He visits Fort Livingston in Jefferson Parish and Fort Proctor in St. Bernard Parish with a group of officials from the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and state legislators to see the problem firsthand. His report touches on the issue of salt water intrusion, the loss of barrier islands and hurricane protection, and the state’s plans to develop a coastal master plan. Johnson interviews: Senate President Sammy Nunez; Bethlyn McCloskey, preservationist; State Representative Chris Ullo; Grand Isle Mayor Tom Manullo; Dr. Charles Groat, task force chairman; and State Representative Manny Fernandez. Host: Beth Courtney