Proposed Comite River Diversion Canal gets land boost
BATON ROUGE - Officials who are trying to dig the proposed Comite River Diversion Canal have purchased more than 300 acres of wetlands to offset the ecological impact of the construction.
The $1.5 million purchase last week is by far the largest land buy so far. While the deal represents a step forward, the canal, which has been discussed since the 1980s, is still years away, says
Dietmar Rietschier, Amite River Basin Commission director.
If and when it is built, the canal will connect the Comite to the Mississippi River through the Baker area to lessen flooding in the basin, which also includes the Amite River.
Three parishes - East Baton Rouge, Livingston and Ascension - will profit from the canal and impose 3-mill property taxes to fund the basin commission.