Experts from Restore the Mississippi River Delta provide an overview during a tour of three priority restoration projects – the East Maurepas Diversion, Union Freshwater Diversion and Manchac Landbridge Diversion – and the importance of the Maurepas Swamp ecosystem Monday Nov. 13, 2017. The tour visited the project site for the East Maurepas Diversion, which is located between New Orleans and Baton Rouge and recently received $14 million in RESTORE Act funding. This will be the first diversion to restore swamp forest, by providing sediment and fresh water to existing wetlands in the Maurepas swamp. This diversion, working together with the Union Freshwater Diversion and the Manchac Landbridge Diversion, will also help maintain the Manchac Landbridge, which separates Lakes Maurepas and Pontchartrain and provides critical storm surge protection to surrounding communities, including Baton Rouge.