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NWF stresses need for river diversions

July 22, 2014

After a day spent showcasing the progress of current coastal restoration projects, members of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) stressed the need for sediment diversions off of the Mississippi River to help replenish disappearing wetlands. According to the NWF’s staff scientist Alisha Renfro, the controversial sediment diversions are necessary to build long-lasting and healthy coastal marshes. Renfro agrees with the state’s coastal master plan, which calls for a combination of marshes built via dredging and diversions. “Marsh creation projects that are built using dredged material are fast,” said Renfro. “But if you don’t have a freshwater and sediment source replenishing the marsh, it will disappear.”