Development of a Monitoring Program and Vegetative Restoration Project in a Mississippi River Bendway

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by Robert J. Rapp, US Army Engineer District, St., Louis, MO, USA,
Claude N. Strauser, US Army Engineer District, St., Louis, MO, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering

Abstract: The Dry Bayou-Thompson Bend area is located on the right descending bank of the Mississippi River between river miles 4. 5 (7. 2 kilometers) and 30. 0 (48. 3 kilometers) above the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. This paper will discuss the significant improvements made in the area during 1985 and 1986. It will explain the actions undertaken by the Corps of Engineers to maintain the high bank, and also the Corps' development of a monitoring program to evaluate future changes in the area. The paper will also discuss the commitment of the local interests in establishing a massive tree planting and vegetative restoration program. It will also explain how the Corps and local interests worked among themselves and with other involved groups in an attempt to stabilize the overbank area of Dry Bayou-Thompson Bend.

Subject Headings: Ecological restoration | Channel bends | Vegetation | Rivers and streams | River bank stabilization | Trees | Agriculture | Mississippi River | Ohio River | Mississippi

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