Support the most important coastal restoration project to date in Louisiana's history
We lose a football field of land in coastal Louisiana every 100 minutes. We have some of the highest rates of coastal land loss in the world. However, today you can support the best chance we have at preserving and restoring the coast by submitting comments in support of the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion.
The Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion will help restore the Barataria Basin, which was ground zero for the devastation of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Without action, 80% of the basin’s marshes could vanish over the next 50 years, threatening Louisiana’s communities, culture, livelihoods and abundant wildlife.
This project will be the first sediment diversion constructed in Louisiana and will divert over 300 million tons of sediment from the Mississippi River into the basin to help restore the health of the ecosystem. Wetlands built and maintained from this river sediment will provide storm surge risk reduction to communities north of the diversion and will help restore the natural connection between the Mississippi River and its floodplain.
The benefits and impacts expected from the construction and operation of this diversion are discussed in the recently released Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and an associated draft Restoration Plan released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group (LA-TIG), respectively.