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Coastal News Roundup: Pirogue Races Return, Barrier Islands Are Rebuilt

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Tristan Baurick
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Nola.com | The Times-Picayune
Workers watch as sediment dreged from the ocean is spewed out onto a beach during the rebuilding of Whiskey Island -- a barrier island along the Gulf of Mexico.

This week on the Coastal News Roundup, we take a look at barrier islands — what they do, and why the state is creating them artificially. Plus, we explore what less sediment in the Mississippi River could mean for coastal restoration and the return of a Jean Lafitte tradition: pirogue races.

WWNO’s Travis Lux spoke about the week in coastal news with environmental reporter Tristan Baurick from Nola.com/The Times-Picayune.

Support for the Coastal Desk comes from the Walton Family Foundation, the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Foundation for Louisiana, and local listeners.

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