A local research organization has gotten $4.8 million that will help it continue its vital mission of studying the continuing impact of the 2010 BP oil spill on our wetlands.

The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium is conducting Oil Spills as Stressors in Coastal Marshes: The Legacy and the Future.

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative contributed the grant to assist in this important research project.

The project includes a two-year plan to study various aspects of the oil spill’s fallout.

This is crucial work that will help researchers get a better grasp on the impact of the oil spill and, in the process, better understand the complicated relationship among so many parts of our resilient ecosystems.

Although they are resilient, they suffered from the effects of the catastrophic oil spill.

Even now, more than seven years later, the oil spill continues to affect the wildlife, water quality, plants and even the soil along our coast.

The questions the researchers at LUMCON are trying to answer will eventually pinpoint the exact harm that has been done and to what degree the damage remains even now.

LUMCON is an incredibly significant organization, one that is helping us to expand our knowledge about the water and wetlands that play such big parts in our lives.

From our economy to our culture, from the oilfield to the fisheries, water and wetlands help determine how successful and happy we are.

These are not trivial concerns.

Long after the visible evidence of the oil spill had been removed, the impacts continued deep under the water and along our coast.

But because the disaster was so huge, the specific effects could be years or even decades becoming understood.

Because of the people and facilities at LUMCON and the various groups that help it accomplish its mission, we will eventually know the full impact of the spill.

That will be useful in determining what we can do to lessen the impact of this and future spills – though, with any luck, we will never again see such an environmental calamity.

For as much as we know about the vast expanse of nature that surrounds us, there are still many pressing questions. And LUMCON’s research is helping to answer them.

Congratulations on this impressive grant. May it aid in the mission that will help us all.

 

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