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The Vanishing State of Louisiana (1986)



Genre: Documentary, Educational

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Jefferson Parish Public School System

Date Issued: 1986

Duration: 00:59:03

Subjects: Educational films | Environment | COASTAL EROSION


  • Sanchez, George Narrator
  • Robison, Jim Producer
  • Templet, Paul Interviewee
  • Isenogle, Jim Interviewee
  • Norton, Pat Interviewee
  • Fernandez, Manny Interviewee
  • Buisson, Bob Interviewee
  • Lyons, Mike Interviewee
  • Marshall, Bob Interviewee
  • Turner, R. Eugene Interviewee
  • Brownell, Charles "Doc" Interviewee
  • Hawxhurst, Peter Interviewee
  • Sellers, Gerard Interviewee


This documentary from 1986 focuses on coastal land loss in Louisiana. It covers: the man-made causes of coastal erosion, including the leveeing of the Mississippi River after the 1927 flood and dredging for oil and gas production; natural causes of coastal erosion, including saltwater intrusion, land subsidence, and sea level rise; the impact of hurricanes; the future of the seafood industry; and possible solutions. It includes interviews with: Dr. Paul Templet, assistant professor with the LSU Institute of Environmental Study; Jim Isenogle, superintendent of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park; Pat Norton, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ); State Representative Manny Fernandez; Bob Buisson, project director for the United States Army Corps of Engineers; Mike Lyons, executive vice president of the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association; Bob Marshall, outdoors editor for the Times-Picayune; Dr. R. Eugene Turner, project manager for the LSU Center for Wetland Resources; Charles “Doc” Brownell, former mayor of Morgan City; Peter Hawxhurst, project director for the United States Army Corps of Engineers; and Gerard Sellers, alligator hunter and duck guide in Vermilion Parish. This program aired as a part of LPB’s Instructional Television block (ITV). This program was preserved through the American Archive of Public Broadcasting’s Transcribe to Digitize Challenge, a partnership with George Blood LP.