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Sand Diverted From River To Rebuild Wetlands Using Spillways
2012-07-25 08:42:43

Researchers could have a new method to rebuild wetlands of the Louisiana delta, thanks to a chance finding while monitoring severe flooding of the Mississippi River. A team of civil engineers and geologists from the University of Illinois, in collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, published their findings in the journal Nature Geoscience. In the spring and summer of 2011, high floodwaters on the Mississippi prompted the corps to open the Bonnet Carre spillway. The spillway...

2008-05-05 12:00:00

By Richard A Webster It's safe to swim in Lake Pontchartrain. Seriously, said Andrea Calvin, program coordinator for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation. Recent bacterial readings on both the North and South shores fell well within the safe range as defined by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. But despite these assurances, many people still refuse to dip their toes into the lake. "I know some people think it will turn you green if you jump in," Calvin said. "But it...