The federal government has officially adopted the name “Mardi Gras Pass” for a highly disputed Mississippi River offshoot near Pointe à la Hache, marking a new twist in the contentious debate over who should control the waterway.

Last month, WWL-TV reported on the dispute over whether Mardi Gras Pass is a naturally formed river diversion that should be left alone so it can carry desperately needed land-building sediment to coastal marshes; or if it’s really just a manmade canal run amok, a channel that state and federal agencies should have been controlling for decades and now have a responsibility to get back under control.

Mardi Gras Pass formed on Mardi Gras day in 2012 following the record high water levels of 2011.

Click here to see the entire report.