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Louisiana official: Army Corps needs a large-scale coastal plan to avoid wasting resources


NEW ORLEANS — A top Louisiana coastal official says the federal government's lack of an over-arching plan on how to fight land loss in Louisiana is wasting money that could be spent on fixing the state's problems.

Kyle Graham, executive director of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, told a panel of U.S. House representatives that Louisiana's "largest stumbling block" with the Army Corps of Engineers is that agency's lack of a comprehensive coastal plan.

Graham talked in particular about how the Army Corps' yearly dredging of the Mississippi River does not take into account coastal restoration needs.

Instead of dredging the river and allowing precious river sediment to wash into the Gulf of Mexico, he told the panel a better approach would be to divert that sediment into the sinking coast.

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