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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Growing Concern about Mississippi River Course Change

Mississippi River Coarse 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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The Undead Yazoo Backwater Pumps Project 

Undead Yazoo Backwater Pump Project

Its tomb was sealed over in 2012 when the Fifth Circuit upheld the District Court decision against the Mississippi Levee Board’s challenge to the EPA ruling.  But a bony hand is emerging from the tomb.

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The Chief Engineer’s Legacy

11. Wm. Earl Elam 1946-1951

Elam, of course, didn’t know the Corps would restrict the flow.  But he could have predicted the result.  The river would back up, rise, flood the batture, and cause backwater floods on the Yazoo and other tributaries.

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The PSC and the MRC

Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Mississippi River Commission (MRC)

What do the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Mississippi River Commission (MRC) have in common? Both have presided over multi-billion dollar project failures.

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