Priority Problems of the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuarine Complex

by Kerry M. St. Pé, Louisiana Dep of Environmental, Quality, Lockport, United States,
Richard A. DeMay, Louisiana Dep of Environmental, Quality, Lockport, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93


The Barataria-Terrebonne Estuarine Complex encompasses an area of approximately 3600 square miles within the Mississippi deltaic plain, and consists of system of water bodies and wetlands filling two reasonably discrete basins - the Barataria and Terrebonne. On April 20, 1990, the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuarine Complex received formal approval by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, William Reilly, to become one of seventeen National Estuary Programs across the nation, and one of four in the Gulf of Mexico region. Priority problems of this vast area include: hydrologic modification, reduction in sediment availability, habitat loss/modification, eutrophication, pathogen contamination, and toxic substances. The goal of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program is to develop a comprehensive management plan to protect and rebuild wetlands where possible, protect and improve water quality, and enhance living resources within this estuarine systems.

Subject Headings: Estuaries | Quality control | Water resources | Water quality | Wetlands (coastal) | Basins | Federal government | Environmental issues | Mississippi | Louisiana | United States | Mississippi River | Gulf of Mexico

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