Latest Mississippi River Delta News: May 19, 2015

Where do Louisiana’s four major gubernatorial candidates stand on coastal sediment diversions?
By Todd Masson, The Times-Picayune. May 18, 2015
“I’m not at all convinced that it’s an either-or proposition, that you either have to protect the marsh as it is right now or do some diversions to make sure you stop the erosion that we have. The Master Plan that’s in place was very well thought-out. It was driven by science.” (Read More)

Thousands living outside floodwalls fight for their own hurricane defenses
By John Snell, WVUE. May 18, 2015
“Creppel points out dozens of plantations once lined the Mississippi River before man started re-engineering nature, robbing the wetlands of the river’s life-giving sediment.” (Read More)

Work continues on building barrier strips of land from Plaquemines to Lafourche parishes; will soon help prevent flooding, storm surges
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. May 19, 2015
“Efforts to build a barrier of coastal land from the west levee in Plaquemines Parish to the east levee in Lafourche Parish continues as sediment is dredged from the Mississippi River and put in place via a pipeline. The first strip of land is being constructed just southeast of Jean Lafitte with the construction of 390 acres along Bayou Dupont and the second strip is 415 acres of land that continues farther west.” (Read More)