Sediment Management Challenges of the Red River Waterway Project

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by Phil Combs, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, United States,
W. H. Espey, Jr., U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Optimizing the Resources for Water Management:

Abstract: The Red River Waterway project consists of channel stabilization and construction of navigation locks and dams to provide a 9 foot minimum depth for a distance of approximately 236 miles, from the confluence of the Red River at the Mississippi River upstream to Shreveport, Louisiana. At present two of the locks and dams (1 and 2) are completed and operating and providing navigable depths approximately 100 miles (Alexandria, Louisiana), while Lock and Dam 3 is under construction and Locks and Dams 4 and 5 are under detailed design. Since completion of Locks and Dams 1 and 2 several problems have surfaced that have required extensive evaluation and analysis to assure that the navigation project can coexist with the highly sediment laden river. The paper discusses the problems and sediment management techniques being applied to solve them.

Subject Headings: Project management | Sediment | Locks (dam) | River bank stabilization | Rivers and streams | Navigation (waterway) | Infrastructure construction | Channel stabilization | Locks (waterway) | North America | Louisiana | United States | Mississippi River

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