Corps of Engineers' Mississippi River Sediment Studies

by Elba A. Dardeau, Jr., US Army Corps of Engineers, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Sediment Transport Modeling

Abstract: In conjunction with the 1838 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hydrographic survey of the Mississippi River, CPT A. Talcott collected sediment samples in the passes 'to determine the amount of earthy matter in the mouths of the Mississippi.' Thus began a series of Mississippi River Basin sediment investigations by the Corps in conjunction with other agencies. This paper presents a history of Corps sediment studies in the Mississippi River Basin, concluding with a discussion of current efforts being used to assess long-term trends.

Subject Headings: Sediment | Rivers and streams | Basins | Federal government | River bank stabilization | Hydrographic surveys | History | Hydrographs | Mississippi River | Mississippi

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