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Mr. Bill to the rescue to save Louisiana swamps.

Ohh Nooo!!! Mr. Bill to Save Louisiana Swamps

NEW ORLEANS--Mr. Bill, the famous clay character from the early episodes of "Saturday Night Live," will be part of a campaign to raise awareness for people of all ages about Louisiana losing its coastal marshes and swamps.

The campaign will begin next summer with Mr. Bill and his friends Salty the Shrimp, Eddy the Eagle and others, talking about the shrinking coast. An initiative called "America's Wetland" was kicked off last year by Gov. Mike Foster to get support for the problem.

According to statistics, since 1930, more than 1,900 square miles of marsh no longer exist. That's an area about the size of Delaware. The loss of land continues at about 30-square- miles-per-year.

Natural gas drilling, sea-level rise and engineering the Mississippi so its waters do not overflow with spring sediment and nutrients into the vast wetlands.

A $14 billion, 30-year project to restore the Louisiana coast is under review by the White House and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and could be presented to Congress next summer.

Mr. Bill's creator Walter Williams, is a native of New Orleans.

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October 20, 2019, 8:11 pm PDT

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