Possible Re-Alignment of the Lower Mississippi River and Influences on Navigation

This paper presents the navigation implications of a possible Mississippi River mouth re-alignment plan from the perspective of one of the teams selected to compete in the changing course design competition (see changingcourse.us and deltaforall.com for more information). The goals of the competition are to: create a sustainable and functioning deltaic system in areas adjacent to the Mississippi River and below New Orleans; continue to meet the needs of navigation, flood protection and coastal industries and communities; contribute additional innovation, competition, and private sector engagement in time to inform Louisiana’s next coastal master plan in 2017 in terms of a possible option for river mouth re-alignment. In this design competition, the primary challenges arise from the meeting of the natural and built environments and the tremendous changes underway. Navigation, shipping, fisheries, coastal industries, communities, and wetland health all face tremendous pressure from these changes. This paper presents a river mouth re-alignment alternative that would provide for a smaller but sustainable delta footprint, at the same time as providing immediate opportunities for dramatic flood risk reduction and a massive upgrade to the navigation system.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Pagination: pp 706-715
  • Monograph Title: Ports 2016: Port Planning and Development

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01605719
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784479919
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Jun 7 2016 3:04PM