Over half of the Basin is privately claimed, which restricts public access and public use, and decreases support for conservation. The state refuses to claim ownership of much of its streams, lakes and water-bottoms. In foreclosing access to certain areas of the Basin, the state is authorizing private ownership of public waters, impairing economic use of these areas by fishing and ecotourism, and essentially giving claimants free-range to destroy wetlands. 

Atchafalaya Basinkeeper
P.O. Box 410
Plaquemine, LA 70765
cell: 225-685-9439
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