Union Freshwater Diversion

Union Freshwater Diversion

11.15.2017 | By Union Freshwater Diversion

Union Freshwater Diversion will convey fresh water from the Mississippi River into West Maurepas swamp near Burnside. Nutrient-rich freshwater inputs to the fresh-forested, flotant and freshwater marsh environments will prevent saltwater intrusion and encourage vegetation growth. The diversion will also convey fine sediment to nourish existing wetlands or create new wetlands in Maurepas swamp. Ascension, Livingston, St. James and St. John the Baptist parishes are all expected to receive flood-reduction benefits from this project. The fine grain sediment may also …

Central Wetlands Diversion and Wetland Restoration

11.15.2017 | By Central Wetlands Diversion and Wetland Restoration

This diversion will benefit the Central Wetlands Unit ecosystem east of New Orleans, an area destroyed by logging and by saltwater intrusion from the now-closed Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO). Once primarily a freshwater system dominated by bald cypress swamp and freshwater marsh, the predominant habitat type today is brackish marsh. Regional MRGO-area ecosystem restoration will help rebuild and sustain marsh and swamp, providing storm surge protection for New Orleans and nearby communities.