Atchafalaya River Case Study

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Upstream of New Orleans and Baton Rouge is a river control structure that allows approximately thirty percent of the Mississippi River's water to flow into a major distributary, the Atchafalaya River. Were it not for the control structure and an extensive system of levees, the Atchafalaya would "capture" the Mississippi, divert nearly all the water, change the main course of the river and leave the major port cities on the lower Mississippi inaccessible by navigable water. At the same time, the river threatens to change course on its own, despite the efforts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to control it. What should be done? In this case study, you will adopt the perspective of one stakeholder or expert, and work with others towards a group
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