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Coastal Restoration Designs Selected

Posted on August 24, 2015

By Eileen Fleming, New Orleans Public Radio

Three coastal restoration plans have been selected in an international design contest kicked off two years ago by theEnvironmental Defense Fund. Plans call for multiple diversions, starting in Belle Chase, in varying locations for the next 100 years.

The competition was called “Changing Course.” It centers on harnessing the power of the Mississippi River to spread its sediment over disappearing wetlands, and build back the land.

EDF spokesman Steve Cochran says it’s time that land building stepped up in the river-management process, alongside navigation and flood control. He says the Delta can be restored, but it will be smaller.


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