Officials protecting Louisiana's coastline are conducting a five year study

Monday, March 26, 2012 - 5:36pm

BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) - Researchers say the Mississippi River is still causing serious erosion near the mouth of the river.

The coastal protection authority of Louisiana is teaming up with the Army Corps of Engineers to battle that problem.

Officials with the CPRA say we're losing about a football field of sediment from our coast every hour.

They say this sediment flowing from the Mississippi is what our state's land mass is made of.

Garret Graves of the castal protection authority says for the first time ever, they'll participate in a five year study .

It'll create an accurate, physical model of the Mississippi River delta.

He says this will give them a better picture of how they can save our wetlands.

"We've got to figure out how to replicate or mimic what mother nature did historically and better use the river and it's resources. If we can divert the freshwater and sediment we can actually save the Army Corps of Engineers some money by reducing their annual dredging costs," said CPRA Director, Garret Graves.


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