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Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion Project (2023)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Empire, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2023-09-22

Duration: 00:08:44

Subjects: Louisiana. Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority | Environment | COASTAL EROSION | COASTAL RESTORATION


  • LeBlanc, Karen Host
  • Jurisich, Mitch Interviewee
  • Edwards, John Bel Speaker
  • Nungesser, Billy Interviewee
  • Gandy, Greg Interviewee
  • McLindon, Chris Interviewee


This segment from the September 22, 2023, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Karen LeBlanc’s report on the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion Project, including the opposition to the project. Her report includes highlights of Governor John Bel Edwards speaking at the groundbreaking for the project. She interviews: Mitch Jurisch, oyster fisherman and chairman of the Louisiana Oyster Task Force; Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, an opponent of the project; Greg Gandy, executive director of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA); and Chris McLindon, geologist.