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The beginning of the article and animated graphic claim that the delta is growing and the wetlands are stable. Other parts of the article describe loss of wetlands. The loss of wetlands content should probably be removed from here and added to more appropriate articles. RPellessier | Talk 07:05, 28 October 2007 (UTC)
The information is not conflicting, but is perhaps not explained in full. The Atchafalaya River Delta is the only delta in Louisiana that is building land, specifically marsh. That is b/c the river and sediments are allowed to spread out over the delta. The Atchafalaya Basin is huge (contains 1.4 million acres), with many habitat types. The wetlands that are being lost in the Basin are largely baldcypress-tupelo swamps, which are being lost for multiple reasons, including sedimentation of the swamps, which eventually converts them into dry, bottomland hardwood forests. These wetlands may also be lost to development, logging and saltwater intrusion.
I was hoping that someone could check out and link to Atchafalaya Basinkeeper's website. They are a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the Basin. They do monitoring and enforcement, education for students and adults, research on cypress-tupelo forests and lots more. The website is full of information. The URL is http://basinkeeper.org
I also noticed that a book by CC Lockewood is cited. I think that Greg Guirard's books, especially his latest one which he co-wrote with C. Ray Brassieur should be listed as well. The title is Inherit the Atchafalaya. It is informative with awesome photos. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Caraleverett (talk • contribs) 00:58, 12 November 2008 (UTC)
Solution to environmental problems
The main problems of the basin are the water siltation drop and reduced aeration. Perhaps that electric water aeration devices (eg fountains, water jets) and increased water supply from the old river control structure can eliminate this problem —Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 15:33, 8 May 2009 (UTC)