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MRGO is Closed but not Gone

The Katrina Memorial at MRGO and Bayou La Loutre

The Katrina Memorial at MRGO and Bayou La Loutre

I am working on the index and page proofs for my book on the Mississippi River, how it was formed, what we have done to change it, and how we are trying to restore it.

Hence, I present you with an oldie, but goody: MRGO. Go to my catagories section and find the other postings on MRGO.

The Corps of Engineers has finished closing MRGO, using 352,000 tons of rock to build a dam across the hated navigation channel.

But MRGO is not gone. The dam is a speed bump, something for a hurricane lake Katrina to trip over, but not slow it down considerably. None of the marshes that were destroyed by its construction and enlargement have been restored. St. Bernard Parish still depends on levees for hurricane protection and the levees have yet to be protected by marshes. The dense cypress forest that once protected New Orleans along Bayou Beinvenue is still gone. It will take thirty years or more to grow and a forest that will offer effective protection to the city.

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