Unshackling the Mighty Mississippi: New Video Shows How Working With Nature—Not Against It—Can Build New Land at Myrtle Grove

By Amanda Moore (National Wildlife Federation) and Brian Jackson (Environmental Defense Fund)

The Mississippi River built 7,000 square miles of beautiful, rich deltaic wetlands, but over the last century, the natural land-building processes that constructed that land have been largely shut off.  Flipping that land-building switch back on is crucial for success in restoring the Mississippi River Delta and the communities, wildlife and economies that depend on it.

A critical project that will build land and jumpstart restoration is the Myrtle Grove Sediment Diversion.  Myrtle Grove is a top priority for our coalition among the various proposed restoration project because it will be precedent-setting in its design and operation, scientific rigor, and outreach to interested stakeholders.

The short video below doesn’t include any Trapper Joe cameos, but we still want you to take a few minutes to learn more about the Myrtle Grove Sediment Diversion and how it will replicate natural land building functions already occurring and seen elsewhere in the delta.


The first video in this series, “Mending the Marsh: Local Support for Myrtle Grove,” can be viewed here.