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WebQuest: Hydrologic Restoration

Introduction: Changes in natural drainage patterns, the creation of transportation channels, nutrient runoff, the construction of dams, and other human impacts cause negative changes in Louisiana wetlands. When combined with natural threats such as storms, erosion, subsidence, and sea level rise, natural drainage patterns are disturbed. Throughout this webquest, you will learn about how and why projects must work to undo human impact.

Read the following article: The End of Mr. Go
The End of Mr. Go

While reading the article consider the following question: Should Congress guarantee more funding for the continued filing of the Mr. Go? Then, use the CER (claim - evidence - reasoning) writing process to understand the main idea. Simply fill in the missing information:

Mr. Go article

Using your CER information, write a three sentence paragraph to answer the following question: How does the article show the importance of why projects must try to undo human impact?
Salinity Graphic

According to the National Geographic website:

A river drainage basin is an area drained by a river and all of its tributaries. A river basin is made up of many different watersheds. A watershed is a small version of a river basin. Every stream and tributary has its own watershed, which drains to a larger stream or wetland. These streams, ponds, wetlands, and lakes are part of a river basin. The Mississippi River basin in the U.S., for instance, is made up of six major watersheds: the Missouri, Upper Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Lower Mississippi, and Arkansas-Red-White Rivers.

In Louisiana, coastal basins are a result of the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers. See the image below to see the waterways connected to them.

As you explore the image, you will see the term "delta". National Geographic defines a delta as, “...wetlands that form as rivers empty their water and sediment into another body of water, such as an ocean, lake, or another river”

List three delta regions/basins you see:
  1. ____________________
  2. ____________________
  3. ____________________
CWPPRA Basins Story Map Image and Link
Click the image above to explore an interactive map of CWPPRA’s protection and restoration projects across Louisiana's coastal basins . Read through the story map to learn about each basin.

Choose two of the basins to explore by clicking on their names. After previewing each region, pick one for the following activity. Basin News Report: You will act as an environmental news reporter. In order to prepare your presentation for the news, you must use your journalism skills to learn about the basin. Use the following outline to collect necessary information.
Mr. Go article

Now that you have the details for a new report, create a news report about the basin of your choice. Consider the following methods of journalism:
  • a podcast
  • a live news report
  • a live on location report
  • a newspaper article
  • an interview
  • an informative video
  • other options that are approved by your teacher

About This Site

The Louisiana Coastal Wetlands Planning Protection and Restoration Act Program web site contains information and links relating to coastal restoration projects in coastal Louisiana. This site is funded by CWPPRA and is maintained by the USGS National Wetlands Research Center.