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Nov 15, 2013 7:50 AM by AP (MGN Online)

Former swamp to teach about wetlands restoration

The governor's coastal restoration czar, Garret Graves, is among officials coming to New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward to unveil signs at a platform overlooking 440 acres of brackish water dotted with cypress stumps.
The observation deck was built by one of the groups that came to rebuild the area after Hurricane Katrina. The four signs will explain that the Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle once was part of a big freshwater cypress swamp, and why it's important to restore it and the rest of coastal Louisiana.
The signs also will have QR codes that visitors can scan with smartphones to watch videos about Bayou Bienvenue and other coastal restoration projects, and phone numbers to call to hear locals and coastal experts talk about Louisiana's coastal crisis.

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