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Title: A review of the Lower Mississippi River Potamology Program
Authors: Biedenharn Group, LLC.
United States. Mississippi River Commission
United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Mississippi Valley Division
Biedenharn, David S.
Stroupe, Wayne A.
Brooks, John H.
Keywords: Potamology
River engineering
River morphology
Mississippi River
River science
Mississippi River Geomorphology & Potamology Program
Publisher: Mississippi River Geomorphology & Potamology Program (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Description: MRG&P Report
Abstract: Mississippi River potamology (the science of rivers) advances understanding of how natural and man-made factors combine to impact river morphology regarding present and future flood damage reduction, navigation, environmental restoration, and coastal wetland projects. The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has conducted numerous potamology studies dating from the 1800s to modern times. Major studies were often the result of floods and follow-on beneficial projects. The epic 1927 flood fostered the first official USACE Potamology Investigations that resulted in more than 70 reports. The 1973 flood drove additional USACE potamology studies (T-1 and P-1 reports). However, funding, staffing, and interest in potamology studies waned, becoming almost nonexistent in recent times. The 2011 Mississippi River flood renewed interest in potamology. Lessons learned and projects implemented from USACE’s 1940s–1980s potamology studies helped pass the record-setting 2011 flows. This report is the first in the USACE Mississippi Valley Division’s (MVD) new Mississippi River Geomorphology and Potamology (MRG&P) Program that is focused on advancing potamology. This document provides a short historical review of USACE Mississippi River potamology studies, includes an initial bibliography of USACE potamology reports, and makes recommendations to expand USACE potamology expertise that will have short- and long-term national implications.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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