Photos: Wax Lake Delta Photos: Wax Lake Delta Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Bren Haase, Asst. Administrator, Planning and Research Division, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, checks out a handful of mud in the Wax Lake Delta restoration. As restoration projects from the State Master Plan are developed, researched and implemented, experts from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation, partner organizations, and agency representatives give an overview on a boat trip in the Louisiana marsh of wildlife and habitat flourishing as the result of a river diversion. Newly built coastal wetlands are providing habitat for fisheries and wildlife. The Wax Lake Delta has been emerging since 1941 when the Army Corps of Engineers constructed the Wax Lake Outlet to alleviate the risk of flooding in nearby Morgan City. The construction of this cut allows river water to exit Six-Mile Lake and flow directly to the Atchafalaya Bay. An unintended consequence of this action is the emergence of the Wax Lake Delta, including newly built marshes and habitat for fisheries and wildlife. Several river diversions are proposed along the Lower Mississippi River, but many questions remain concerning fisheries and wildlife. The Wax Lake Delta provides a unique opportunity to study a prograding delta, which may help us understand how land building and ecological succession may occur for those river diversions. AMY WOLD| email@example.com Comments MORGAN CITY — Take a boat ride down the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, hang a right at Mallard Pass and you’re heading into the one area of south Louisiana that has seen consistent coastal marsh growth in the last several decades. The landscape of waterway-lined willow trees gradually gives way to fields of American water lilies and then to marsh grass and finally to large expanses of mud flats the farther south you travel into the Wax Lake Delta. It’s a healthy delta created by accident when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in an effort to provide flood protection for Morgan City, dredged a straight line channel from the Atchafalaya River southward as a secondary way to discharge river flow to the Gulf of Mexico. Then in the 1970s, flooding on the Atchafalaya River via the Mississippi River brought loads of sediment down the channel, bringing to the surface the mudflats that had been building under water for decades. The sediment that rebuilt the delta took a long trip: starting at the Mississippi River, diverted down the Atchafalaya River and through the basin, carried down to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and then farther south into the growing delta.