13 May '11, 12pm

Corps to open Morganza Spillway. Choice of New Orleans under 25' water or flood other towns. #flooding

Corps to open Morganza Spillway. Choice of New Orleans under 25' water or flood other towns. #flooding

As we grapple with the severity of the Mississippi River flooding, many are asking how we can better protect communities from floods in the future. Answering this truthfully means taking a hard look at the federal policies that have helped to incentivize an over-reliance on levees, dams, and floodwalls which has actually increased flood risk. We’ve lined the Mississippi River with levees and floodwalls, making flooding worse and pushing the problem to downstream communities. Looking to the future, we need to restore our "natural defenses" -- healthy rivers, wetlands, and floodplains that can help absorb and slow floodwaters.

Full article: http://www.americanrivers.org/newsroom/blog/sudvardy-2011...

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