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World Delta Dialogues Conference in Vietnam

Deltares is coordinator of the Dutch presentations of the DELTAS2013-World Delta Dialogues II Conference in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from 19 to 23 May 2013. The Dutch presentations will include the results of the ‘Mekong Delta Plan’ and ‘Climate Proofing of Delta Cities’ (a comparative perspective on New Orleans and Ho Chi Minh City). Another relevant topic that will be presented by the Dutch is: ‘Building with Nature & Living with Water: Solutions for the Mekong River and Vietnam Coastal Areas’.


Sediment Diversion to Rebuild Wetlands

Preliminary work is under way on two ambitious projects aimed at building as much as 25,000 acres of wetlands within coastal Louisiana by diverting water and sediment from the Mississippi River. The projects seek to form this land by mimicking the natural processes that created such areas in the region before levees were built along the river to control flooding.


Empty Nets on the Mekong

In my last post, I described how our attempts at fishing in the Mekong River had produced meager results, which was somewhat puzzling because the Mekong produces the largest harvest of freshwater fish in the world, by far.


Cheers and Jeers: May 3, 2013

A worldly cause — Rebecca Templeton knows a lot about the unique challenges and difficulties facing the local bayou communities. And she is taking her message halfway around the world to spread it to an international audience.


Local nonprofit leader heads to Vietnam to discuss coast

A Terrebonne resident and nonprofit leader will head to Vietnam later this month to discuss the challenges faced by those who live on river deltas worldwide.


Infrastructure upgrades needed now to Mississippi River system

Over the last few weeks we've all been reminded of how important the Mississippi River is to life in the Tri-States.


Science Communication Both an Opportunity and an Obligation

In the 1980s I was working in the middle of nowhere to build Louisiana’s first marine laboratory. We had two new research vessels in the works, but before they were in the water, my colleagues and I were working farther offshore in the Gulf of Mexico than we should have, in small boats on unpredictable seas. We were beginning to document a disturbing region in the Gulf where the oxygen is depleted from bottom waters during the summer.


Washed away

Yellow Cotton Bay, officially, no longer exists. The bay, along with Bayou Jacquin and 29 other places in Plaquemines Parish, have been lost from Louisiana’s shrinking coast.


28,000 Rivers Disappeared in China: What Happened?

As recently as 20 years ago, there were an estimated 50,000 rivers in China, each covering a flow area of at least 60 square miles. But now, according to China's First National Census of Water, more than 28,000 of these rivers are missing. To put this number into context, China's lost rivers are almost equivalent, in terms of basin area, to the United States losing the entire Mississippi River.


Millions of gallons of raw sewage flowing into Mississippi River daily

It’s been one week since flood waters forced two large pumps at a north St. Louis treatment plant to fail. The pumps have allowed hundreds of millions of gallons of raw sewage to run into the Mississippi River.


Editorial: Mississippi River problems felt here

Chicago is used to thinking of itself as a city on a lake. But it’s also a city on the edge of the vast Mississippi River watershed, and it has a large stake in how well that watershed is managed.


Dead zone research is vital

The Gulf of Mexico’s annual dead zone is located just off the shores of Louisiana. But it is just the manifestation of a problem that resides up and down the Mississippi River. The zone, which is depleted of oxygen every summer, causes a massive shift of ocean life that must either move or die.


Mississippi River's Many 'Parents' Look To Unify

From time to time, the America's WETLAND Foundation shares stories of interest. The story below was featured on NPR's "All Things Considered" national broadcast on April 25, 2013. The reporter attended THE BIG RIVER WORKS Forum in Chicago and interviewed many of the presenters from the Forum.


Up to 375 flood gauges to turn off because of fund cuts

Flooding will remain a major concern over the next few days and weeks in the Midwest. (Photo: USGS file photo via AP) STORY HIGHLIGHTS The USGS will discontinue operation of up to 375 stream gauges nationwide due to budget cuts The total yearly maintenance and upkeep cost of all 8,000 gauges is $150 million The shutoff of the gauges could start as early as Wednesday, May 1 Just in time for the spring flood season, the federal sequester is threatening to shut off funding for hundreds of stream gauges used by the U.S. Geological Survey to predict and monitor flood levels across the country.


Congress needs a plan for the Mississippi

When St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and 11 other mayors from cities along the Mississippi River went to Washington, D.C., last month to bring attention to the nation's most important waterway, the dominant problem on their minds was drought. Today, for many of those mayors, it's flooding.

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