MRGO Rock Dam Decreasing Salinities

In a recently published report, the MRGO Must Go Coalition—an environmentalist group founded in 2006 whose stated goal is “to ensure that the ecosystem impacted by the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO) is restored”—outlined how the MRGO rock dam has positively assisted coastal restoration in recent years.

In 1968, the MRGO canal was built as a shortcut from the Gulf of Mexico to the New Orleans Port by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The canal was meant to make New Orleans an essential part of the international shipping industry, but, as cargo ships got bigger, it became apparent that the MRGO canal was far too shallow for these growing vessels.

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