Teeming with life and supporting massive breeding bird colonies, the Mississippi River Delta is built from the nutrients collected from half a continent. One of the richest wetlands in the world, the delta delivers over 12 billion dollars per year in ecosystem services. But as levee systems are built that block sediment from flowing through the delta we are losing marshland at an estimated rate of a football field every 45 minutes. In this video, scientists and resource managers speak about balancing the need to manage the Delta for flood control and navigation with the need to maintain a healthy Delta ecosystem.

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