The Corps of Engineers will finish the rock wall across MRGO by the beginning of this year’s hurricane season. At seven feet it is not tall enough to stop storm surges, but it will stop salt water intrusion into the marshes east of the Bayou la Loutre ridge and the MRGO spoil bank.
Not everyone is happy with the closure. Not everyone who is happy with the closure is happy with the way it will be closed.
Bob Marshall notes in his blog in the New Orleans Times-Picayune that folks who are unhappy would like to see a boatbay in the closure, one that would allow boats, particularly large fishing or oil vessels headed for the bays south of Bayou la Loutre, to pass through.
They see these large boats using a narrow borrow canal that runs west of the spoil bank or Bayou la Loutre itself. Again, as was the case with MRGO, wave wash from the boats would eroded the banks of the canal and the bayou, enlarging them.
In January I noted that those who are unhappy with the way MRGO is being closed want to see it gone, filled in, the marshes it plowed through restored, the Bayou la Loutre ridge restored. The scientists who formed the MRGO Must Go group have an interactive website that outlines their proposal.
Saturday’s event, throwing stones on the closure, seems to have been a success.