Mississippi Diversion

by Brian Fortner, Contributing Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2000, Vol. 70, Issue 5, Pg. 46-51

Document Type: Feature article


The $103-million Davis Pond freshwater diversion project in coastal Louisiana will divert up to 10,650 cfs (300 m�/s) of Mississippi River water to the Barataria Bay Estuary through four 14 ft (4 m) wide box culverts built into the levee. The project encompasses more than 10,000 acres (4,050 ha) and required miles of guide levees, a huge pumping station, and hundreds of piles at the diversion structure. The project also required the temporary relocation of a state highway and a railroad bed.

Subject Headings: Project management | Pumping stations | Levees and dikes | Spillways | Sea water | Rivers and streams | Rail transportation | Mississippi | United States

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