Dredging at the mouth of Bayou St. John is nearly complete, with the sediment being used to anchor wetlands that will foster wildlife. The dam that was compared to a coronary blockage has been removed, allowing water to pass more freely. Proponents say the project shows how the city can live with the water around us, rather than fight it.
The diverted fresh water amounts to a river bigger than New York's Hudson. When the river is high, it could undermine levees along the Mississippi, but its impact on Barataria Bay's lucrative fisheries — a flashpoint in the fight over the state's Master Plan for coastal restoration — remains unclear.