From WWNO: Why Do We Measure Wetlands Loss In Football Fields?

Why Do We Measure Wetlands Loss In Football Fields? | WWNO.

In coastal Louisiana, coastal wetlands are converting to open water at a rate measured in football fields.  A football field in less than an hour.  Every hour.

The football field metaphor is the brainchild America’s Wetland Foundation director Val Marmillion. “Everyone knows the size of a football field, whether you like football or not,” he says.

Our good friend Wendy Billiot, who has made her life on the coast, prefers another analogy.  “Since we’ve been charting our wetland loss, we’ve lost a landmass area the size of Delaware – that you can wrap your head around.”

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