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Teachers and students have a powerful new resource for studying the environmental and economic crisis unfolding at the mouth of America’s largest river delta along Louisiana’s Gulf Coast.

Turning the Tide, an award-winning LPB documentary, takes an in-depth look
at the proposed solutions, proven strategies, and bold engineering that can
“turn the tide” on Louisiana’s coastal erosion problem.
New! Turning the Tide: A Companion Teaching Guide and the companion video
clips encourage students to ask questions about the environmental, cultural
and economic crisis resulting from land loss along Louisiana’s Gulf Coast and to
explore how choices made today will affect their future. It is available free at

This guide was developed by Louisiana Public Broadcasting, the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act Educational Outreach program and the region’s top environmental science educators, with funding from the McKnight Foundation.

Targeting middle and high school teachers and students, the resource provides lessons in Economics, Math, Science, English, Social Studies, Art and Geography that are aligned to state and national standards. Creative teaching strategies for using the guide will be demonstrated at the Louisiana Science Teachers Association conference in Shreveport on November 12-14, 2012 . Registration information is available at

Partners on this project include the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) Educational Outreach, the United States Geological Survey National Wetlands Research Center, the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, Louisiana Sea Grant Program, LSU Louisiana Coastal Roots program, the LSU AgCenter and the LSU Center for Natural Resources and the Economy, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, the Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences at the University of New Orleans Coastal Education program, 4-H Club, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Holy Cross High School in New Orleans. CWPPRA Outreach Coordinator Susan Testroet-Bergeron was the project team leader and Marian Brister Martinez was the project’s graphic designer. Christina Melton was Senior Producer for LPB’s documentary Turning the Tide, winner of the International CINE Golden Eagle Award and the Governor’s Award-Conservationist of the Year by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation.

For questions about the documentary Turning the Tide contact Christina Melton at
For questions about the teacher guide contact Susan Testroet-Bergeron at


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