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In the past decade, freshwater and sediment diverted from the nearby Mississippi River have turned what once was an open bay into a thriving wetlands area. Local environmental groups have planted thousands of cypress trees, attempting to create a marsh that will help absorb storms that pass through. Weenta Girmay for WWNO hide caption

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In Louisiana, Rebuilding Mother Nature's Storm Protection: A 'Living Coast'

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Saltwater wetlands that include marshes and shoals on Virginia's Atlantic coast. U.S. coastal wetlands losses were 25 percent greater from 2004-2009, according to a recent federal study. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hide caption

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Mixed grasses growing in a parcel of land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program is seen near Tribune, Kan. Millions of acres of CRP nationwide will be returned to farmland.

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