Restoring Mississippi River’s natural floodplains unlikely

By on January 9, 2012

Members of Congress and the agricultural industry have condemned a plan from ecologists to restore natural floodplains to a section of the Mississippi River where levees were destroyed during intense 2011 floods, according to a report from Greenwire.

The plan would require buying up riverside farmland and deliberately not rebuilding levees blown up by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during the floods. Supporters say that would allow the river to overflow naturally during high water periods and decrease reliance on faulty flood control structures. Opponents criticized the potential loss of productive farmland, saying the Corps’ current system works fine and should be rebuilt.

Read more at Greenwire

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About Jeff Gillies

Jeff Brooks-Gillies has written about science, energy and the environment for going on 10 years. He's a native Michigander who, after a stint in Colorado, lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two kids.

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