Sediment Diversion

Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion

  • Project TypeSediment Diversion
  • Project BasinBarataria Basin

This sediment diversion is located along the west bank of the Mississippi River near Myrtle Grove. The brackish and freshwater wetlands in the influence area are highly degraded due to a combination of saltwater intrusion, decreased fresh water supply, alterations to the natural hydrology of the area and a lack of sediment input. This project will reconnect the river to the influence area and divert sediment, nutrients and fresh water to build new land, maintain existing marshes and increase habitat resiliency to sea level rise and storm events. Project synergies with marsh creation projects in the influence area of the diversion create the potential for hundreds of acres of restored wetlands to be enhanced by the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion as soon as it is constructed and operated.

Over the past several months, there have been a lot of claims about the potential effects of the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion. There is too much at stake to make judgments based on inaccurate or misleading claims. Let’s set the record straight.