News – The final EIS is available: https://www.nola.com/news/environment/article_65b9af6e-3837-11ed-903e-a786ab658b0e.html
See also: River Diversion Research Articles
Note – in order to make it more difficult for reporters and others to use the files, they are published with all of the security settings enabled so that they can only be printed. You cannot copy text out of the files for articles or analysis without loading them into a PDF manager such as Qiqqa.
I have collected all of the Draft EIS documents and indexed them with Acrobat. You can download the collection as a zip file here:
The file is about 688 megs. Unzip this into a subdirectory. You will get the EIS files plus the index files. One file is named MBSD Index.pdx If you open this file in Acrobat or Acrobat reader, it allows you to search all of the files and then page through them to see the search terms in context.
Environmental Justice Issues
The environmental justice review starts at p. 615
McCall, Grant S., and Russell D. Greaves. “Creating a Diversion: Why the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion (MBSD) Project Is Unpopular Among Coastal Communities in Southeast Louisiana.” Marine Technology Society Journal 56.3 (2022): 67-83.
These documents provide the missing information about the problems with the diversion project and the scientific issues it raises.
Garrison, Lance P., Jenny Litz, and Carrie Sinclair. “Predicting the effects of low salinity associated with the MBSD project on resident common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Barataria Bay, LA.” (2020).
Brown, G.L., McAlpin, J.N., Pevey, K.C., Luong, P.V., Price, C.R. and Kleiss, B.A., Mississippi River Hydrodynamic and Delta Management Study: Delta Management Modeling. AdH/SEDLIB Multi-Dimensional Model Validation and Scenario Analysis Report; USAReport ERDC/CHL TR-19-2. (2019)
Deegan, L. A., Johnson, D. S., Warren, R. S., Peterson, B. J., Fleeger, J. W., Fagherazzi, S., & Wollheim, W. M. (2012). Coastal eutrophication as a driver of salt marsh loss. Nature, 490(7420), 388-392. – Supplementary information and photos
Teal, J.M., R. Best, J. Caffrey, C.S. Hopkinson, K.L. McKee, J.T. Morris, S. Newman and B. Orem. 2012. Mississippi River Freshwater Diversions in Southern Louisiana: Effects on Wetland Vegetation, Soils, and Elevation. Edited by A.J. Lewitus, M. Croom, T. Davison, D.M. Kidwell, B.A. Kleiss, J.W. Pahl, and C.M. Swarzenski. Final Report to the State of Louisiana and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers through the Louisiana Coastal Area Science & Technology Program; coordinated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 49 pages.
Michael S. Kearney, J. C. Riter & R. Eugene Turner, Freshwater river diversions for marsh restoration in Louisiana: Twenty-six years of changing vegetative cover and marsh area, 38 Geophysical Research Letters (2011)
Christopher M. Swarzenski, Thomas W. Doyle, Brian Fry, and Thomas G. Hargis. Biogeochemical response of organic-rich freshwater marshes in the Louisiana delta plain to chronic river water influx. Biogeochemistry (2008) 90:49–63.
Roy K. Dokka, The Anatomy of a Silent Disaster: Ongoing Subsidence and Inundation of the Northern Margin of the Gulf of Mexico Basin An Interview with Dr. Roy Dokka. Houston Geological Society Bulletin, Feb. 2005.
Additional blog posts
Documents that are not publically available
Elsey-Quirk, Tracy, et al. “Mississippi river sediment diversions and coastal wetland sustainability: Synthesis of responses to freshwater, sediment, and nutrient inputs.” Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 221 (2019): 170-183.