Workers have completed a dredging project designed to improve water quality in the Atchafalaya Basin.
The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that the dredging work is designed to move freshwater from the Atchafalaya River into a swamp within the Attakapas Island Wildlife Management Area in St. Mary Parish.
DNR says the $184,000 project will improve water quality off the east bank of the river near Grand Lake.
The Atchafalaya Basin Technical Advisory Group approved the project.
The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources says an agreement with the St. Martin Parish School Board has been hammered out to save 640 acres of cypress and hardwood forest under threat of being logged in the Atchafalaya basin.
The school board had allowed the tract to be logged but environmental groups recently intervened and threatened to sue. The lawsuit prompted DNR's conservation plan, according to Dean Wilson, the head of the Atchafalaya Basinkeeper.
Environmentalists oppose cypress logging in south Louisiana because the trees are so hard to grow back.