Friday, March 27, 2009

Saturday will mark the beginning of the end of a conduit for storm surge:

The closing of the controversial Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet in St. Bernard Parish will be marked in a unique way Saturday: with the casting of stones.

Government officials, conservationists and residents will pile into boats and head out to Bayou La Loutre, where everyone will get the chance to chuck rocks into the waterway at the spot where it is being plugged.

The ceremony is sponsored by St. Bernard Parish government, the St. Bernard Parish Sportsmen's League, the St. Bernard Coastal Advisory Committee and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.

"It'll be a different way to express a little relief, " Carlton Dufrechou, executive director of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation said with a chuckle. "Old-timers have been talking for years of just blocking it with rocks. So this is for them."

Want to go see? And toss some rocks, to boot?

Space on the boats Saturday is limited; to reserve a spot, call (William) McCartney at 504.278.4227. The boats will leave Breton Sound Marina in Hopedale at 8 a.m. There is no charge.

An onshore gathering will be held at 9 a.m. at the marina for those not wanting to go on the boats to Bayou La Loutre.

I wonder what the soundtrack will be? Maybe this:

Mr. Go by Bonerama

Update, 11:06 AM: Actually, the number for Mr McCartney is 504-278-4303.

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