JCJC prof. concerned about marshlands

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

ELLISVILLE, MS. (WDAM) - A Jones County Junior College professor said while the oil may not hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast, that doesn't mean the spill won't have an environmental impact on the state.

Jeremiah Estes teaches environmental science and human anatomy and physiology at JCJC. He said his big area of concern regarding the spill is oil hitting the fragile marshlands of Louisiana.

Estes said oil can be cleaned off the beach as evidenced by the tar balls that were picked up this past weekend off Alabama's Dauphin Island. However, he said it's more difficult to clean marshlands that feed the gulf coast.

"Those marshes are what supplies the food to the fish on the coastline. It's the basis of the food web for that area. If you lose those, you lose your oyster beds, you lose all the food that now runs off in that area,"said Estes.

Estes plans to volunteer on the Mississippi Gulf Coast with oil spill clean up efforts.

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