Atchafalaya Delta Ecosystem, Conflicts in Multiuse Management

by Rodney D. Adams, Louisiana State Univ, Baton Rouge, LA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


This fresh marsh ecosystem is administered as a State Wildlife Management Area but is also subjected to pressures associated with flood control, navigation, and mineral extraction. Federal and state agencies interact with industry and the public sector in implementing multiple utilization of the area. The scientific community, including agency, university, and private sector specialists in a broad spectrum of disciplines, has interacted with local governments, various state and federal management authorities and special interest advocates in developing solutions to these multiuse conflicts. The Louisiana Sea Grant College Program and the New Orleans District, Corps of Engineers have sponsored research on the Atchafalaya Delta for the past decade at LSU's Center for Wetland Resources. Several examples are presented, showing a range of interactions from pre-permit agreement to litigation. A professional, unbiased approach by university scientists has fostered a close working relationship with scientists, engineers, and resource managers involved in multiuse management decisions.

Subject Headings: Ecosystems | Colleges and universities | Wetlands (fresh water) | Resource management | Management methods | Litigation | Federal government | Louisiana | United States | New Orleans

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