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Posted 09.09.10 | PERMALINK | ESSAY

Elizabeth Mossop and Jeffrey Carney: In the Mississippi Delta: Building with Water



Taming the river. Click image to enlarge.

After the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 — the most destructive river flood in U.S. history — the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began constructing an extensive system of levees stretching from Missouri to Louisiana. Within decades the flood control system was complete, and the lower Mississippi was effectively separated from what had been its flood plain. The levees protected settlements along the river from catastrophic flooding — but they also channeled the rich sediment that had historically replenished the delta plain into the Gulf of Mexico.

Image credit: Coastal Sustainability Studio

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ABOUT THE ESSAY

In the Mississippi Delta: Building with Water
On Places, Elizabeth Mossop and Jeffrey Carney report on the work of the Coastal Sustainability Studio at Louisiana State University, which is proposing long-range solutions to the environmental and social challenges of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jeffrey Carney is studio manager of the Coastal Sustainability Studio and visiting assistant professor of landscape architecture at LSU. He teaches courses in both landscape architecture and architecture.

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Elizabeth Mossop is director of the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University.

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