I proposed this story to Marketplace when the RESTORE Act was being debated as part of the Transportation Bill. A number of people provided critical help to me in getting this story off the ground, particularly Scott Eustis of the Gulf Restoration Network, who tapped into his rolodex, and Susan Bergeron of the U.S. Geological Survey, who did the same. I also have to credit Oluseyi Fayanju of the Environmental Defense Fund whose blog post gave me the initial idea for the story. You can listen to the story here. It starts at what is approximately 16:15 into the podcast.