Discovering a New Ecosystem through Science Research: Watch the Delta Grow

 

Southern Louisiana formed and grew over six thousand years by the power of the Mississippi River. After the Great Flood of 1927, much of the lower Mississippi River was leveed to alleviate flooding concerns. Without the sediment carried by the Mississippi River, coastal land is now eroding and sinking, threatening our communities and our way of life. 

But the story does not end here. At the end of the Atchafalaya River, a new delta is growing. The Wax Lake Delta. As a “living laboratory”, scientists are studying this newly formed land to understand how deltas grow. Their findings are providing insight into ways that we can use the Mississippi River to once again build new land throughout Southern Louisiana.