Ducks Unlimited and partners recently received a North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant to restore coastal marshes in south Louisiana. The nearly $1 million grant will be combined with partner contributions of more than $2 million to improve more than 16,000 acres of coastal wetlands, including a long-awaited master plan project on Liner's Canal in Terrebonne Parish.

The purpose of this project is to restore and enhance fresh and intermediate marsh by increasing freshwater flow into an area severely threatened by saltwater intrusion. To accomplish this, DU will build a multi-bay water-control structure that will increase the flow of freshwater through Liner's Canal and prevent saltwater instrusion. The completed project will provide improved wetland habitat for waterfowl, fish, and other wildlife, as well as storm protection and better water-quality in the region.