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Washington, Feb 27 (ANI): Researchers at Southeastern Louisiana University are studying the lowly Rangia clam, common in the waters of Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas and other brackish bodies of water, to determine whether they can help in cleaning oil-polluted waters.
The failure of the New Orleans levees to prevent waters from Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Borgne, and the Gulf of Mexico from flooding the city during Hurricane Katrina led to one of the worst disasters in this country's history.
The designation also includes portions of the following estuarine and marine areas: Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Catherine, Little Lake, The Rigolets, Lake Borgne, Pascagoula Bay, and Mississippi Sound systems in Louisiana and Mississippi, and sections of the adjacent state waters within the Gulf of Mexico; Pensacola Bay system ill Florida; Santa Rosa Sound in Florida; nearshore Gulf of Mexico in Florida; Choctawhatchee Bay system in Florida; Apalachicola Bay system in Florida; and Suwannee Sound and adjacent state waters within the Gulf of Mexico in Florida.