hydraulic dredge California, as it is digging the West Bay Sediment
Diversion Channel (a project of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in New
Orleans, October 2003). The view is towards the southwest with the Mississippi
River in the foreground and the shallow waters of West Bay in the background.
The dredge is working to dig a 440-foot wide, -25-foot deep channel through
the natural river bank. Material dug from the river bank is being pumped
through a floating pipeline connected at the rear of the dredge vessel
(middle and left side of photo). The sand is being pumped into a beneficial
use marsh creation site in West Bay (upper left quarter of photo) to create
more than 200 acres of new wetlands.