What Are Supporters Saying About Sediment Diversions?

04.22.2021 | In Community & Events

From local community members to regional leaders: The future of our coast is tied to the Mighty Mississippi River!

After decades of work, a major milestone for the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion is underway with the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

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Quotes from Coastal Leaders

Hunters & Anglers for Diversions

Louisiana is Pro-Sediment Diversion

See the River in Action

Mid-Barataria Supporter Profiles

Letters & Opinions

Quotes from Coastal Leaders

We’d love to share your voice! Interested? Contact info@mississippiriverdelta.org.

“The Coastal Master Plan estimates we could lose 2,250 square miles of the coast in the next 50 years–that’s in addition to the nearly 1,900 square miles we have lost since 1932. This problem isn’t going away. If you think it’s bad now, just wait.” 

– Denise Reed, PHD
Nationally and internationally recognized expert in coastal marsh sustainability

     

“We have no time to lose. Our home, our food and our very way of life depend on a healthy and thriving coast. This is our moment to turn the tide on land loss and protect our communities, our culture, and the bounty of our wetlands.”
– Isaac Toups
Three-time James Beard Best Chef of the South Finalist, Top Chef finalist and restaurateur

     

“Using the Mississippi River is our best bet to save the coast. This is the way Mother Nature intended it to be before we built levees. Using the river to deliver freshwater and sediment into the estuary will create habitat for all species of fish, crab, shrimp and waterfowl and give us lines of defense from storm surge, which is so important to keep living in south Louisiana.” 
– Captain Ryan Lambert
World-class charter fishing captain and business owner

     

“Losing our coast will impact how we live and where we live. Our economy, education, housing, food and recreation are all under siege without innovative projects like the Mid-Baratria Sediment Diversion to help protect our heritage, our culture and our future!”
– Arthur Johnson
CEO, Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development, community-based nonprofit leader

     


Hunters & Anglers for Diversions

Sportsmen & women know the river is essential to healthy and diverse wildlife habitat.

The undersigned sportsmen, sporting businesses and organizations would like to thank you for your support of coastal restoration. We are writing today in support of the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion. This game-changing restoration project is the single largest ecosystem restoration project in U.S. history, and implementation will ensure future generations of hunters and anglers can enjoy the bounty our Louisiana coastal wetlands have traditionally offered.

Read the full letter. 

Warren Coco
Go-Devil Manufacturers of Louisiana
Ryan Lambert
Cajun Fishing Adventures 
Jim Ronquest
Rich-N-Tone Calls 
Mike Benge
Delacroix Corporation 
David Muth
National Wildlife Federation 
Steve Bowman
Bass Anglers Sportsman Society 
Wes Higgins
Bill Lewis Lures 
Allen Hughes
Banded Holdings, Inc. 
Chris Macaluso
Theodore Roosevelt Conservations Partnership  
Bryan Brasher
BASS Times Magazine
Marissa Turner
The Outdoor Cooking Show 
Erik Guggenheim
Delta Structural Technology, LLC
Mike Mcnett
USAngling Confederation 
Jimmy Babin
Creative Cajun Cooking 
Erin Brown and Bill Cooksey
Vanishing Paradise
Eric Cosby
Top Brass Tackle 
Travis Thompson
Cast & Blast Florida 
Mike McNett
US Ice Team 


Louisiana is Pro-Sediment Diversion

According to a 2019 poll of likely Louisiana voters, 82% of respondents support sediment diversion projects to build and maintain coastal wetlands over time and 96% believe it is important that Louisiana’s elected officials make decisions based on the best available science.

 


See the River in Action

See how the river is building and restoring marsh across the delta in these new short videos.  Are you interested in taking a field trip to the marsh? Let us know at info@mississippiriverdelta.org.

   


Mid-Barataria Supporter Profiles

  • "It is human intervention which is preventing sediment from rebuilding the coast, and human intervention which could make a significant step toward healing and restoring the coast." – Rev. Ellen Blue, PH.D., Biggs Professor Emerita, Phillips Theological Seminary Clergy, Louisiana United Methodist Chrurch


Letters & Opinions

Landowners, non-profit leaders and more share their voice in support of Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion! Do you want to write a letter? We can help! Contact info@mississippiriverdelta.org.

 

 


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