Some Louisiana scientists and officials want the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to step up the pace on coastal restoration plans that would divert water from the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers. "The general consensus is there that we need to take action quickly; we need to pick a strategy and we need to get going," said Larry Starfield, acting director of the Environmental Protection Agency's regional office in Dallas. The Army Corps is expected to release its Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Study in the next few weeks.

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