Wetland flora in the Wax Lake Delta, a thriving swamp and marsh habitat teeming with wildlife in the Atchafalaya Basin, which grows about 700 acres of coastal wetlands per year. Within the nation’s larger ecological system, wetlands are sometimes referred to as “watershed kidneys,” which help to process pollution and excess nutrients and to store water in a way that can prevent flooding. Photo by Mizani Ball / The Lens

This week on Behind The Lens, as the Clean Water Act turns 51, environmental advocates scramble to understand a new judicial interpretation that leaves more than half of the country’s 118 million acres of wetlands unprotected, including the swamps of Acadiana and key waterfowl habitat.

Louisiana’s inland, non-tidal wetlands are most at risk to lose protections from weakened Clean Water Act.

Our guests this week are Lens reporter Delaney Dryfoos and managing editor Katy Reckdahl. 

Theme music by Podington Bear. Additional music by Podington Bear soundofpicture.com. 

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Carolyne Heldman

Carolyne Heldman has been in media for 35 years, most recently as Executive Director at an NPR member station in Colorado where she was responsible for new multi-platform content initiatives, strategic...