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Posted 3/11/2013

Release no. 13-007

An independent technical panel reported March 11, 2013, in a newly concluded study, that existing Mississippi River freshwater diversions have not slowed the ongoing loss of Louisiana’s wetlands and that restoration of Louisiana wetlands may only be possible through significant inputs of sediment via large scale sediment diversions.   The panel was organized by NOAA and the Louisiana Coastal Area Science and Technology Office in 2011.  The report can be downloaded at:  http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/habitat_conservation/hcd_headlines/homenews_fwdiversions.html

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