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Feds: Decision on key wetlands plan moving up almost 2 years

8 months 1 week 6 days ago Monday, April 02 2018 Apr 2, 2018 April 02, 2018 3:18 PM April 02, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Photo: Restore the Mississippi River Delta - Facebook

NEW ORLEANS - The Army Corps of Engineers says it's advancing the permit decision date nearly two years for a key part of Louisiana's plan to rebuild shrinking wetlands.

The Corps had told state officials it could need until October 2022 to assess the environmental impact of a project to build land by sending Mississippi River mud and sand into open water. Monday, it said the new deadline is November 2020.

A conservation coalition called Restore the Mississippi Delta says the change is a significant accomplishment since wetland loss is measured by the hour.

Commercial fishermen say they may sue if the project is approved, arguing river water could spoil saltwater or brackish-water fisheries.

The governor said in January the Trump administration had agreed to speed up the project's permitting process.

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