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Army Corps to host public meeting to discuss cutting back service hours at Saltwater Barrier

Last Modified: Sunday, December 09, 2012 9:27 PM

By John Guidroz / American Press

Officials with the New Orleans District of the Army Corps of Engineers will host a public meeting in Westlake this week to discuss cutting back service hours at the Calcasieu River Saltwater Barrier and a feasibility study on improving navigation at the Calcasieu Lock.

The meeting is set for 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Managan Center, 1000 McKinley St.

The Corps is cutting service hours at the Calcasieu River Saltwater Barrier and three other locations within the state in an effort to save money while still providing adequate service. The savings will be spent on dredging functions and maintaining the locks to prevent closures.

Officials will also give updates on a feasibility study on Calcasieu Lock. Completed in 1950, the lock has experienced navigation delays after draining floodwater from the Mermentau River Basin.

According to the Corps’ New Orleans District website, the lock “was designed to prevent saltwater intrusion from the Calcasieu River into the Mermentau River Basin.”

Those unable to attend the meeting can email questions or comments to the Corps’ New Orleans office at


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