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James Buchanan Eads – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mississippi River designs

The Mississippi in the 100-mile-plus stretch between the port of New Orleans, Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico frequently suffered from silting up of its outlets, stranding ships or making parts of the river unnavigable for a period of time. Eads solved the problem with a wooden jetty system that narrowed the main outlet of the river, causing the river to speed up and cut its channel deeper, allowing year-round navigation. Had a similar system been used throughout the entire Mississippi Valley, the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, the Great Flood of 1993 and Hurricane Katrina Disaster in 2005 might have been reduced. However, top officials of the Army Corps of Engineers lobbied Congress for levees and flood walls of their own design, which exacerbated these disasters, and against Eads’ jetty system, which would have reduced these disasters.


Written by georgejmyersjr

07/19/2008 at 12:38 pm

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