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Taking Down Levees In Louisiana

The Mollicy Farms River Forest Levee (Keith Ouchley, Louisiana Nature Conservancy)

Man made levees line the banks of the Mississippi River and its tributaries. They protect towns and they allow farmers to plow the bottomlands. But levees come at a price: habitat destruction and worse flooding downstream. Now, more people are calling for taking down levees and returning floodplain areas to their natural state. Samara Freemark reports from Louisiana - the end of the line for the water that drains from the middle of the nation:

A related article from the New York Times

Information from the Nature Conservancy

Producer: Samara Freemark
Release Date: August 14, 2009
Running Time: 3:13

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