25 Jul '12, 5pm

How to Rebuild the Mississippi Delta

How to Rebuild the Mississippi Delta

Jeffrey A. Nittrouer A field assistant in an exposed dune field in the Bonnet Carré spillway in Louisiana last July. The sand, left from a diversion of the Mississippi River, extends nearly as far as a low building just below the line of refinery stacks in the background. You may remember that during last year’s epic Mississippi River flooding, the Army Corps of Engineers opened spillways upriver of New Orleans and Baton Rouge to divert some water away from the cities. One of those spillways was the Bonnet Carré , built in the early 1930’s to protect New Orleans from high water. When most of its bays were opened last May, the Bonnet Carré redirected 10 to 20 percent of the Mississippi’s floodwater out of the river and into Lake Pontchartrain. While the diversion mitigated the havoc created by the flood, it also provided a few scientists with an opportunity to do some resea...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/25/how-to-rebuild-...

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