The proposal would endanger watersheds that sustain wildlife and supply drinking water for millions of Americans.
Concerned citizens, scientists, and conservation groups have joined forces to protect what stopover spots remain for birds migrating from South America to the Arctic.
The Trump administration is rolling back regulations aimed at preserving vital wetlands, but the state government isn't ready to cede control.
Conservation groups report that wetland forests are being drained, logged, burned, shipped across the Atlantic, and converted to monoculture pine plantations to create woody biomass.
In an audio slideshow, Zoe Sullivan examines the similarities in approach for the Mississippi Delta and the fabled city of Venice in dealing with floods and loss of natural wetlands.
While common sense says more water by an airport means more waterfowl for planes to hit, wetland conservationists point out that not all birds contest the skyways.