A federal fisheries agency shares many of the same concerns local opponents have voiced about the massive Myrtle Grove diversion planned for Plaquemines Parish and outlined in the state’s master plan for the coast.
In a recent letter to the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, the National Marine Fisheries Service raised questions about:
- The displacement of important species and loss of their habitats as the river water reduces salinity levels in estuaries.
- Research showing pollutants carried by the river could make marshes more susceptible to erosion by storm surges.
- The possibility that the sediment load in the river may not be large enough to produce the results the master plan predicts.
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