The BP blowout caused months of pain and suffering for the people and environment of the Gulf Coast. But Louisiana was in trouble long before the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Its wetlands are disappearing at the rate of a football field every hour due to rising sea level, storm damage, and the re-engineering of the Mississippi River. Vanishing wetlands means the loss of wildlife, jobs, and a way of life. In this special online series, contributor Barry Yeoman explores the Gulf Coast’s ongoing environmental, economic, and cultural crisis.