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An afternoon on the Atchafalaya.

"In this area, there were legacy trees. These are trees that were believeto be between a thousand and fifteen hundred years old."

A nice sunset, birds flying through trees and an unwanted mess left behind.

"Illegal fills of wetlands, big hills of dirt, they block all thewaterways from the inter coastal waterways all the way to the Atchafalayariver."

Atchafalaya Basin Keeper's Executive Director Dean Wilson said, the aftermathof the Bayou Bridge Pipeline created more problems than solutions.

"When the Mississippi floods or the Morganza spill way, it goes righthere. When you destroy the basin that way and you fill the swamps with sand andcement. You actually destroy the reality of the Atchafalaya Basin to handlethose floods" said Wilson.

Scientist Ivor Van Heerden worked on Louisianas waterways for years. He said, seeinghow energy transfer partners left the wetland cuts deep.

"We're taking this gem and sticking knifes in it and we're trying todestroy it. It's got to change" said Van Heerden.

Unable to tour the entire river on a small boat, environmentalist said, nowthat the pipeline is installed, the lack of cleanup is a violation of the cleanwater act. Saying, if it's not taken care of, we could be in big trouble.

"It's a case of here we go again. We just destroy our coast; we destroyeverything until it's too late."

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