In a recent interview, author Bryan Piazza discusses his new book, Atchafalaya River Basin and gives background information on the immensely diverse ecosystem of the river basin.
The 1 million acre Atchafalaya River Basin is the site of several reality TV shows, including the popular program “Swamp People.” Although the basin is teeming with wildlife, few people are brave enough to make their home in the river basin. According to Piazza, “Some days we’ll put the boat in, and we’ll drive 3, 4 hours in a boat and never see a person, not another boat — or maybe one.”
BRYAN P. PIAZZA is director of freshwater and marine science at The Nature Conservancy, Louisiana, based in Baton Rouge, where he leads the applied science program in support of conservation projects across the Gulf states. He also serves as a consultant, providing technical and scientific advice on a range of environmental damage, restoration, and compliance issues.