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Saving the Barrier Islands (1985)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1985-09-27

Duration: 00:04:24

Subjects: Environment | COASTAL EROSION | Hurricanes | Hurricane Danny, 1985 | Hurricane Elena, 1985 | Barrier islands


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Groat, Chip Speaker
  • Penland, Shea Interviewee
  • Tarver, John Interviewee


This segment from the September 27, 1985, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Ken Johnson’s report on the state’s loss of 20% of its barrier islands following Hurricane Danny and Hurricane Elena. His report includes highlights of a press conference with Dr. Chip Groat, the state geologist, discussing the damage and the importance of restoring the barrier islands. Johnson also interviews Shea Penland of the coastal geology team and John Tarver of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.