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Building sediment diversions could add $3.1 billion, 4,000 jobs to local economy, study says

October 16, 2019

“A new study of the economic effects of building the state’s proposed $700 million Mid-Breton and $1.15 billion Mid-Barataria sediment diversions in Plaquemines Parish concludes they would increase regional sales revenue by $3.1 billion and support nearly 4,000 jobs over the seven years they are expected to be under construction. “The positive economic impacts of constructing the Mid-Barataria and Mid-Breton sediment diversions will be significant and will be felt within Plaquemines Parish and across the broader region,” said economist Loren Scott in a news release issued by Restore The Mississippi River Delta, a consortium of environmental groups that supports the diversions and paid for the study.”