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Antwan Harris / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS Volunteers put shovels to the ground as work on the Bayou St John marsh got underway Tuesday morning.

The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and Restore the Earth Foundation came together to restore wetlands that have been disappearing from the state as of late.

Andy Baker, a LPBF Scientist, said, 'This will slightly improve the water quality and improve the clarity of water moving in and out of Bayou St. John. Bringing back even a little bit of wetlands is important for the health of the lake and will have benefits for the people and the wildlife.'

Experts say the Louisiana is losing its wetlands at a rate of 20 to 30 square miles per year. At this rate, an area the size of Rhode Island will be underwater by the year 2050.

Volunteers like Laurie Porter take this work seriously.

'I used to play at Bayou Saint John as a child and to see it restored back to what it used to be is very important to me,' she said.

A group from Harrah's Casino pitched in to help saying this small gamble, should have a big payoff for the environment.

Logan Gaskill said, 'This is an opportunity to take a high-profile issue and really give back. It is not monetary but it is a volunteer, getting out hands dirty and giving back to a community that has given so much to us.'

Volunteers will be out the next two weeks. For more information visit here.

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