- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority has awarded $250,000 in grants addressing river diversions and coastal soils.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1SVzW4y ) one of the grants will go toward a one-year LSU study examining what happens to nutrients in river water once they enter coastal marshes. There has been a long-running controversy over whether nutrients help or hurt coastal marsh stability.

A second grant will go to the University of New Orleans for a one-year study of the strengths of different coastal soils, a study that could lead to better understanding of how different marsh types withstand tropical and other storms.

A third grant will go to an LSU researcher for a two-year study of areas of the Mississippi River that don’t contain levees.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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