Lake Pontchartrain, a 1630 km2 tidal lagoon, became the icon of environmental degradation in southeast Louisiana in the 1980s. The effects of commercial activities in the lake, such as shell dredging and oil and gas production, combined with indirect influences on lake hydrology and water quality, including storm water runoff and salinity penetration from the Gulf, and massive changes in the surrounding landscape associated with suburban development on the north shore and modification of stream inflow led a highly productive coastal ecosystem to the brink of collapse. Fortunately, with the support of a variety of local advocates, a call for action was broadcast and all sectors of the community responded in support of restoration of the Pontchartrain Basin. Citizens, elected officials, and scientists joined a concerted effort to understand the problems, develop and implement solutions, and document progress toward recovery. This volume records...

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