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


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 | United States Army Corps of Engineers | Sediment transport | Federal government | Hydrographs | Hydrographic surveys | Basins | Mississippi River | United States

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