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Jimmy Frederick, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, 225-412-1784, firstname.lastname@example.org
Best Science Driving Possible Increased Size of Mid-Breton Diversion
CRCL applauds CPRA for speeding up land-building based on newest modeling
Baton Rouge, LA (January 16, 2019) Earlier today, the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) announced at its monthly board meeting that the proposed maximum capacity of the Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion could be increased from 35,000 cubic feet per second up to 75,000 cubic feet per second in the development of the draft Environmental Impact Statement. The change is based on the initial modeling results which suggest this increase could result in harnessing the maximum land-building potential of the diversion more cost effectively and without increasing any negative impacts. The Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion, which will be located on the east bank of the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish, is currently in the engineering and design phase. In response to this news, the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana’s Policy Director, Emily Vuxton, released the following statement:
“For three decades, CRCL has pushed for large scale sediment diversions to harness the power of the Mississippi River to rebuild our starving coastal wetlands. During this time countless studies have been conducted to analyze the best location and size for these diversions. This research has continually evolved to incorporate the best available science. The fact that CPRA is willing to consider an important change like this in the design plan for Mid-Breton shows their commitment to building land as quickly as possible.
“Louisiana has waited long enough for sediment diversions to be implemented. These large-scale projects are the cornerstone of Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan and are vital for protecting our coast and our communities. If the science supports building a diversion that is capable of delivering a larger flow rate for Mid-Breton, then by all means it should be done -- and done quickly. Time is of the essence for our coast. The longer we wait, the less of Louisiana we have.”
CRCL is a non-partisan, non-profit organization driving bold, science-based action to restore coastal Louisiana through outreach, restoration, and advocacy. CRCL was founded in 1988 and is the state’s oldest and most comprehensive coastal restoration organization. Visit crcl.org.