Restoring coastal ecosystems is a complex task. Restoring an ecosystem that is stressed by the combined forces of nature and human impacts, that provides recreational resources to one of the country's major cities, and that sits at the end of the drainage basin of the largest river in North America, presents even greater challenges. Given that many of the problems facing the Pontchartrain Basin today stem from the unintended consequences of past human activities, it is important that a strong scientific foundation underlies twenty-first century restoration efforts. This volume presents the findings of scientists from many different disciplines who have applied their skills to understanding many different aspects of the Lake Pontchartrain ecosystem and provides a snapshot of how much we know about the system, how it has changed, and how a path forward can be charted based on that knowledge.

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