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Over 600 new acres added to Delta National Wildlife Refuge

Courtesy: Army Corps of Engineers Courtesy: Army Corps of Engineers

New Orleans, La. - The Army Corps of Engineers announced recent dredging work added over 600 acres of vital wetlands in Louisiana.

The Corps states as part of its maintenance and operation of the Mississippi River navigational channel, workers dredged the Head of Passes Hopper Dredge Disposal Area. The dredged material was then used to create new wetlands in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Delta National Wildlife Refuge.

The dredging operation began in September of 2012. Weeks Marine removed over 8 million cubic yards of material. According to a news release from the Corps, "this material was pumped over 13,000 yards to build a marsh platform at an elevation of +7 feet in Delta National Wildlife Refuge, north of Pass a Loutre."

The Corps says it has been strategically placing dredged material in the refuge since the late 1990s. The wetlands provide a vital habitat for many fish and wildlife species that live there.

The Delta National Wildlife Refuge is located within the Mississippi River Bird's Foot Delta, 10 miles south of Venice. The Corps says it encompasses 48,000 acres.

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