Coastal Reef, Barrier, and Fish Development on a Shoestring Budget! by Johnnie Buttram
Focused action will help reduce vanishing reefs, fish stocks, and storm surges in thousands of locations on Planet Earth.
Researchers report that phytoplankton converts carbon-dioxide
from the atmosphere into organic carbon during photosynthesis.
Although they make up less than 1% of the Earth's biomass,
phytoplankton is responsible for roughly half of the Earth's natural
Warmer temperatures and human activity have caused carbon
dioxide to become so concentrated in seawater that our coral
reefs are dying at a rate that requires great alarm and urgency.
In fact, many officials predict that up to half of the world's coral
reefs may die within the next 40 years . . maybe even sooner.
We desperately need a solution that will restore our oceans'
ecological systems by utilizing economical reef infrastructure.
Reducing storm surge and coastal flooding
According to Nabil Ismail, Professor of Coastal Engineering at the
University of Hawaii at Manoa, stated that super storm Sandy sent a
storm surge of 4-5 m onto New Jersey's and New York's barrier island
and urban shorelines, estimated at $70 billion in damage.
Also, according to author, Donna Conneely, "Flood Losses May
Quadruple by 2050."
For example; the yearly cost of flooding in New Orleans is
$1,583,000,000, in New York it is $1,960,000,000 and in Miami it is a
These three cities alone account for the vast majority of flood loss costs
in the US each year.
Category of the action
Communicating Coastal Risk and Resiliency
What actions do you propose?
This strategy combines practicable innovation with economical
products right off the shelf.
Here's how it works;
1) Oceanographers will designate the oceans' areas that are being
severely impacted by the destruction of our reefs and coastal
2) Heavy gauge, non-painted, 55 gallon, open-head, steel drums
will be machine perfed with small holes and shipped direct from
the best price manufacturers closest to the designated site.
(3) The barrels will be filled to capacity with a prescriptive mixture
of sand, iron fillings, lime, etc. and capped.
(4) The barrels will be loaded on barges, etc. or flown to drop sites
Please note: Contingent on special circumstances the application
of coastal infrastructure close to the shoreline may be better
addressed using equipment from the land - side rather than from
the sea - side.
(5) The barrels will be unloaded (not-dropped) by hoist to the
designated depth floor and stacked in un-orthodoxed
configurations, so fish and sea life can use the nutrients inside to
Using action and ingenuity, we may create viable economical
substitutes in thousands of impacted locations, to add beneficial
processes to our oceans' ecological system.
Who will take these actions?
Applications will be on - going on thousands of locations all over
What are other key benefits?
I believe, through action and ingenuity, we can create viable
economical structures that will not only reduce the residual fallout
of our dying reefs . . but through focused infrastructure in
thousands of impacted locations, add a positive and beneficial
process to our oceans' ecological system.
What are the proposal’s costs?
The main advantage of a seawall is that it provides a high degree of
protection against coastal flooding and erosion.
According to research, the approximate cost of an engineered and
constructed seawall, designed to reflect and scatter ocean energy, will
cost approximately $3,000 per lineal foot.
The approximate cost of a low-end buffer boundary to reduce
erosion between the sea and the land like a Rubble Mound of
Boulders will run around $150 USD per lineal foot.
Costs will vary contingent on the vertical height of the wall
The costs of these barrel configurated projects will vary from a few
hundred dollars to huge amounts contingent on what needs to be
accomplished on each location.
This project is multi-faceted with overlapping benefits at an
Progress begins when one individual has a simple discussion with a
friend about their abilities to make a difference.
Action begins when they have a discussion about a possible solution.
Based upon the final decision to move forward . . some small
scale applications could be in monitoring positions within 90 days.
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10 Years of Adaptation Using the Essentials of Food, Water, and
Fourteen years ago . . I was 57 and telling everyone who would listen . . I
believed we could have a better world by exchanging the excesses of
today for the essentials of tomorrow.
When our daughter and son finally became adults and no longer lived at
home, I persuaded my wife (a retired teacher) to help me build a small
cabin off-the-grid in the Kiamichi Mountains of Oklahoma.
I repeatedly told her that all we had to do was exchange those things we
took for granted and retain the essentials.
We moved into our cabin with the ESSENTIALS OF FOOD, WATER,
and SHELTER . . in 2000.
There was no electricity, no AC. We used propane to cool our food,
cook, and heat. When our well was dry, we hauled water.We used a
solar panel to charge our phone and computer batteries.
Due to labor intensity, health issues, and the lifetime teaching skills of my
wife who repeatedly reminded me that living ourside our comfort zone
was more of a challenge than what I had anticipated . . we moved back
to the grid in 2010.
I immediately turned on the AC - took a long shower and went to bed.
This ten year project helped us realize that if Planet Earth was thrust into
a situation where the essentials of food, water, and shelter were no
longer available . . the chaos of mass migration in a lawless world could
become a planetary nightmare of life and death.
As a researcher, I viewed this 10 year journey as an opportunity to
help me to evaluate three realities!
(1) With ample food, water, and shelter . . there is NORMALCY!
(2) With limited food, water, and shelter . . there is ADAPTATION!
(3) Without food, water, and shelter . . there is MIGRATION and
Seven years ago . . when I realized Planet Earth will desperately need
serious adaptation strategies designed to help Planet Earth maintain the
bare essentials of food, water, and shelter . . I have devoted a sincere
and concerted effort to this cause.