Not an ancient legend, reworked throughout the ages, but an application of the idea to real world problems. An idea that could not only re-mediate the damage done in the Gulf by BP, et al, but could bring the Gulf ecosystems to a condition better than it was before the disaster.
Bill Finch, the director of conservation for The Nature Conservancy in Alabama has written a proposal as how the transformation can be accomplished. What he proposes is a recovery of not only the regions ecology but also the economy for the effected area. Further, the program would reverse some of the damage that has been done by development in the last few decades.
The first, and most critical, step is the "Noah Arking" of the endangered spieces (plant and animal) into safe habitats until the remediation is complete and then re-introduced. The methods used require no new equipment, no untried proposals, but would be labor intensive (which could help the unemployment in the area). If any project deserves "stimulas money" this one should be on top of the list.