The Advocate: Letters: Sediment diversions can help coastal restoration

Here in southeast Louisiana, we live our lives in close proximity to the power of Mother Nature and at the same time incredibly separate from it. Thanks to the efforts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and local levee districts, the annual rise and fall of the Mississippi River is inconsequential to us — until we are shocked to see the wooden bays of the Bonnet Carré Spillway structure pulled to relieve pressure on the levee system. Openings are so rare and dramatic that it is almost impossible to believe that this seasonal flood stage is actually the natural way of things and not the exception.

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