Those pictures were taken on June 25, July 2, and July 7. Brilliant. In the course of two weeks, those thousands of truckloads of precious sand washed away. And they're not good at protecting marshes even if they weren't washing away so quickly. From Discovery.com:
The trouble is, building such ramparts could choke off the marshes by impeding the natural ebb and flow of the tides. Fish and wildlife may not be able to access the fertile estuaries, which they use as breeding ground. And the whole delta is sinking anyway (while sea level rises), making it just a matter of time before the levees are over-topped by a strong storm.That's right, because Republicans don't give a damn about Science. It's always telling them things they don't want to hear. This is another case of deciding on the conclusion, then picking your argument to fit that conclusion. This is how you twist yourself into a pretzel, and you get nonsense policy as a result.
"Building what they call 'the Louisiana wall' makes sense at first, but the science doesn't support it," Bahr said. "The science should be leading this issue, but it isn't. It never has."
Unfortunately, the berms project has charged ahead in this vein, seeking to build (and spend hundreds of millions of dollars) first, and ask questions later.