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May 30, 2012 6:01 AM by AP

Report to address False River water quality

NEW ROADS, La. (AP) - Officials in Pointe Coupee Parish say a soon-to-be-released state plan will offer what looks like a workable plan to address the water quality in the oxbow lake known as False River.

Jim Bello, administrator for Pointe Coupee Parish, said officials with the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources were set to present an "interim action plan" for the lake titled, "The False River Ecosystem Restoration Project.".

The Advocate reports that the proposal was scheduled to be unveiled at a special Wednesday night meeting in New Roads.

Problems at False River began in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when a series of drainage canals were built. The canals caused a dramatic increase in sediment flowing into the oxbow lake, which was formed when the Mississippi River changed course.

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