Marine Fisheries Service expresses concerns about Myrtle Grove diversion
By Bob Marshall, Staff writer July 15, 2013 5:01pm
In a recent letter to the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, the National Marine Fisheries Service expressed many of the same concerns about the planned Myrtle Grove diversion voiced by opponents of the diversions contained in the state master plan for the coast.
The agency 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
The comments were contained in the fisheries service’s response to a request for feedback to help the state prepare for the federal permitting process. The letter is intended to give the coastal authority a head start in responding to issues the fisheries service will bring up in the permitting process for the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion (the official name of the Myrtle Grove project) .
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