19 May '11, 11am

Our director of freshwater science in Louisiana analyzes the floods as a scientist & as a father.

Bryan Piazza is the director of freshwater and marine science for The Nature Conservancy in Louisiana. I’m a Nature Conservancy ecologist, a father and a husband, and a Louisiana resident. So what does the impending Mississippi River flood mean to me? As a father and husband, I’m thinking: 21 feet, 42 feet, 52 feet . 21 feet: The elevation above sea level of my son’s daycare center on LSU’s campus, which has a great view of the Mississippi River Levee. I know….I checked the FEMA flood maps. Oh, man, I think. That’s not good. 42 feet: That’s the level the river is as I’m checking the flood map. It’s been this high before, but it’s forecast to crest over 5 feet higher and within 2 feet of the top of the levee. We’re going to have to make other plans for my son soon. 52 feet: That’s the elevation of my house in Baton Rouge about three miles from the river where my wife and ne...

Full article: http://blog.nature.org/2011/05/the-mississippi-river-floo...

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