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River diversions at work in Wax Lake Delta

August 5, 2014

At the southern end of the Wax Lake outlet, there sits a stretch of mud flat. Covered in the slightest beginnings of wetland fauna, the small bar of muck doesn’t cut much of an impressive figure. However, to proponents of Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan, this strip is darn near magical. This slimy piece of soil is the newest land in the state and -if its boosters are to be believed – proof positive for the abilities of highly controversial river diversion plans. These diversions are one part of the state’s 50-year Coastal Master plan, which aims to curb the erosion of Louisiana’s coast and, eventually, build new wetlands to regain the areas that have been lost.