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The National Wildlife Federation is suing the federal government to stop unnecessary dredging of the Big Sunflower River in the Mississippi Delta, a project that would ravage one of the most biologically rich areas in the nation.
The suit, filed on behalf of NWF by the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, contends that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' $62 million plan to dredge and clear more than 133 miles of the river would violate federal law by damaging important fish and wildlife habitat.
Though touted as a flood-control measure, the project would reduce the depth of a major flood by only 6 inches in a thinly populated area, NWF says. Even the Corps admits the …