2022 Coastal & Estuarine Summit
Hosted by Restore America's Estuaries
New Orleans, LA | December 4-8, 2022
LSU Center for River Studies and Bonnet Carre Spillway Tour
Sunday, December 4, 9:30am - 4:00pm
Field Session

Hosted by: Restore the Mississippi River Delta , LSU, CPRA, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

40 participants max/ $35, includes lunch

Take a bus ride to Baton Rouge and the LSU Center for River Studies and explore the Lower Mississippi River Physical Model, a 10,000 sq ft model based on the topography and bathymetry of the Mississippi River Delta covering southeast Louisiana. The model replicates the flow, water levels, and sediment transport of the river, where one year of the Mississippi River is simulated in one hour. This trip will also include a tour of the Bonnet Carre Spillway. In 1928, Congress federalized flood protection along the Mississippi River and its tributaries following the Great Flood of 1927, which displaced 10,000 people south of New Orleans in addition to causing havoc upriver. In 1929, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started building the Bonnet Carré Spillway, a 1.5-mile-long weir structure along the Mississippi River. Learn how this spillway is used to protect New Orleans from flooding.