One of the cornerstone projects the State of Louisiana deems most central to the future of the Mississippi River Delta is, after over 35 years of planning, hitting a major milestone. The Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion project is officially in the scoping period, which means the public has an opportunity to suggest questions about the project impacts and benefits that should be addressed in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and ultimately inform the way the project moves forward.
This project aims to reconnect the river to the Breton Basin marshes, serving as a long-term, sustainable strategy to reduce land loss and restore wetlands. The 2017 Coastal Master Plan predicts that the Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion could build and maintain 24 sq. miles of land over the next 50 years.
The Breton Basin is losing land every day, leaving communities from Pointe a la Hache to New Orleans increasingly vulnerable to storm surge. The Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion will have major implications for Louisiana’s coast and communities; we strongly encourage you to participate in this scoping process.