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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Water, Water Everywhere: Part 2


by Charles Grayson Published February 27, 2020 The batture lands along the river are a harbinger of a changing river that is less and less under control of the Army Corps of Engineers.

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Mississippi River Commission Testimony: Lee Jones in Natchez August 2016

Proposed five minute talk to the Public Meeting held by the Mississippi River Commission in Natchez, Mississippi on board the Motor Vessel Mississippi at 2:00 p.m. 17 August, 2016. My name is Lee Jones.  Our sawmill, J. M. Jones Lumber Company, Inc., is located on the bank of the Mississippi River just below the Natchez-Vidalia…


Mississippi River Commission Testimony: Troy Orso in Natchez August 2016

Presentation to the Mississippi River Commission August 13, 2016 Damages from increased flooding on the MS River Summary Over the course of time, the Corp has done a great job in reducing the impact of overall flooding along the Mississippi River.  Some have seen great benefit, but there are those of us experiencing a detrimental…

A Flood Canary

A Flood Canary

The Mississippi River Commission held a public hearing in Natchez last Wednesday aboard the Motor Vessel MISSISSIPPI. It got an earful.

Deer in Water - Mississippi Flooding

Mississippi Flooding

What if Mississippi’s politicians got fired up and got back in the flood trading game? And worked a deal to speed the floods to the sea – all the way to the sea?

Mississippi's Batture Still Flooded

If levees stop floods, why is Mississippi’s batture still flooded?

“It’s still flooding in Mississippi – more frequent, longer, higher floods”. Is this the new normal?


Mississippi River Commission Testimony: Kelley Williams in Lake Providence Apr 2016

I think floods are acts of God and politicians. God sends the rain. Politicians decide who gets flooded.