Fishers, coastal restoration advocates debate diversion plan - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports, Social

Fishers, coastal restoration advocates debate diversion plan

Chalmette, La. - Some came in shrimp boots, many held signs that read "Fully United STOP Diversions" and most of the speakers said dredge, not divert.

The Louisiana Coalition for Protection and Restoration headed up a panel of experts answering questions about the state's master plan for coastal restoration.

The plan includes two sediment diversion projects in St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes.  The one near Braithwaite would be designed to move up to 250,000 cubic feet per second of sediment from the Mississippi River out through the marshes.

Supporters of the master plan say that's the best and most economical way to rebuild the shrinking coastline and protect the area from storm surge.

Fishermen, business owners and opponents of the plan say sending that much freshwater from the river will destroy their livelihood.

The meeting stretched on for more than four hours with the CPRA hearing more comments than they could respond to in one night.

The debate is far from over.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Your Weather Authority: Rainy Thursday ahead

    Your Weather Authority: Rainy Thursday ahead

    (Source: WVUE)(Source: WVUE)

    A stalled frontal boundary over the area will allow for rounds of rain Thursday.

    more>>

    A stalled frontal boundary over the area will allow for rounds of rain Thursday.

    more>>
  • Grocery store re-opens following February tornado

    Grocery store re-opens following February tornado

    Hundreds of people lined up in the sun for the grand re-opening of the Winn Dixie on Chef Menteur. The store was heavily damaged in the February tornado. Fox 8 discovers it's not the only facility making a comeback.

    more>>

    Hundreds of people lined up in the sun for the grand re-opening of the Winn Dixie on Chef Menteur. The store was heavily damaged in the February tornado. Fox 8 discovers it's not the only facility making a comeback.

    more>>
  • French Quarter stabbing death recorded, posted to Snapchat

    French Quarter stabbing death recorded, posted to Snapchat

    A mother is crying for justice after her daughter was violently murdered in the French Quarter while dozens of people watched and some even recorded it.  

    more>>

    A mother is crying for justice after her daughter was violently murdered in the French Quarter while dozens of people watched and some even recorded it.  

    more>>
Powered by Frankly