Corps extends public comment for MRGO plan

Published 1:14 am Sunday, February 13, 2011

For the second time, the Army Corps of Engineers has extended a deadline for submitting comments on a draft $3 billion plan to fix the ecosystem damage done by the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet.

The corps says it now will accept the public’s comments on the plan through March 5.

The restoration plan has become a contentious topic in St. Bernard Parish because the corps wants to build a new freshwater diversion channel across the parish.

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The corps is developing a plan to restore wetlands damaged by the MRGO, a 1960s-era shipping channel that has been blamed for destroying cypress forests and wetlands.

The previous deadline for submitting comment was Feb. 14.