Mississippi River diversion Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Public domain.)
The Caernarvon Freshwater Diversion structure, located at the head of Breton Sound Estuary, became operational in 1992.

Bigger may not be better for Mississippi River diversions

New research shows how river diversions may change water quality in estuaries.

River diversions are a common coastal wetland restoration tool, but recent research — conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in collaboration with researchers in Louisiana State University’s department of civil and environmental engineering and AgCenter — has shown that large-scale Mississippi River diversions may significantly change water quality in estuaries, affecting economically importan

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