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LA - Marine Mammal Commission says state Mid-Barataria plan should be revised or dropped

Marine Mammal Commission says Mid-Barataria plan should be revised or dropped

Louisiana officials have failed to say how the proposed Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion can be operated without killing off most of the bottlenose dolphins in the Barataria Basin, or to identify ways to successfully protect the dolphins from health issues or death, according to the federal agency charged with protecting dolphins, whales and other marine mammals.

In a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group, the federal Marine Mammal Commission argued that officials need to evaluate how to protect some 2,000 dolphins in the Barataria Basin as part of the planning work on the $2 billion diversion project.

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