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Infrastructure–Old River Control

 

Old River Control Structure

Old River Control Structure

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the Old River Control Structure to prevent the Mississippi River from diverting to the Atchafalaya, something that is does about every 1,000 years. Forebay, Old River Control Structure

Forebay, Old River Control Structure

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, the Old River Control complex included the Old River Low Sill and Overbank Structures completed in 1962, the Old River Navigation Lock completed in 1963, and the Auxiliary Structure completed in 1986. Within the Old River Control project area the Corps of Engineers manages 3,000 acres in fee and 250,000 acres of easements between Old River and U.S. 190. Though Congress and the Corps never intended the Old River Control area as a recreational area, by the new century it had become one.

 

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  1. […] Atchafalaya River and the Wax Lake Outlet from the Atchafalaya Basin. Since the completion of the Old River Control Structure in 1962, the Atchafalaya has funneled off 1/3 of the Mississippi water and sediment at Old River, […]

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