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Mississippi River Flooding

We think the Corps should operate the ORCC to increase the discharge as the river rises — and that Congress should authorize this. Now. This would lower flood crests, make floods shorter, and reduce the risk of levee failure — and a course change. It would also reduce batture and backwater flooding and the resulting economic and environmental damage on some 1.5 million acres in Mississippi and Louisiana. Time to change the flood control plan – before it’s too late.

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Mississippi River Commission Testimony: Kelley Williams in Greenville Apr 2018

I think everyone here knows the Mississippi is flooding more.  But you might be surprised to know that it’s the worst in 400 years.  And that most of it is due to flood control projects. That’s right, flood control causes flooding.  According to research published in Nature this month.

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The Flood Arms Race

The Flood Arms Race

There is a flood arms race.  It could end in disaster.  It’s between the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Mississippi River.

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MS River Coarse Change Poster by Dr. Y. Jun Xu - Hydrologist for LSU

MS River Coarse Change Poster by Dr. Y. Jun Xu – Hydrologist for LSU

What would happen if the Mississippi River changed its coarse to the Atchafalaya? Dr. Xu’s poster gives an in-depth look at the MS River’s history, likelihood of a coarse change and the consequences.

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Flood Control Madness

Flood Control Madness

Have flood control projects actually made flooding worse?  Yes.  Floods are higher, longer, and more frequent than ever.  Despite the Corps’ Mississippi Rivers and Tributaries Project authorized in 1928.  Which the Corps says has prevented a trillion dollars of flood damage from levee failures that haven’t happened.

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Another Stacked Deck: The Yazoo Backwater Pumps Project

Another Stacked Deck: The Yazoo Backwater Pumps Project

So you want to bet against the Mississippi River?

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Mississippi River Coarse Change

Growing Concern about Mississippi River Course Change

That’s the subject of a recent article in The Advocate of Baton Rouge and also a similar recent article in The Times Picayune of New Orleans.  It’s also something we have been talking about and testifying about before the Mississippi River Commission for the last two years.

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