Latest Mississippi River Delta News: August 7, 2015

From the Mississippi to the Ganges, river deltas are in major trouble
By Chris Mooney, The Washington Post. August 6, 2015
Deltas, after all, have been doing their thing for thousands upon thousands of years — flooding, washing in sediment, rebuilding land. But we changed the system — meaning that simply building higher, on sinking land, may not be enough of a sustainable solution.” (Read More)

Delta cities, wealthy or not, face rising risk from sinking land
By Zachary Tessler, The Conversation. August 6, 2015
Controlled diversions and dike breaches are options for selectively allowing parts of the delta to flood, bringing sediment with it. This is currently being debated in the Mississippi Delta, for instance, and research based on earlier diversions during flood events suggests this will slow land loss. Also, restored coastal wetlands increase sediment retention, and can reduce the impact of storm surges.” (Read More)