The Mississippi River is the dominant river in the United States. The system north of St. Louis consists of 29 locks and dams designed to maintain a depth of at least 9 feet. Below St. Louis, the river is a canal. Barge and Boat traffic traverse the length of the river carrying corn, soybeans, petrochemicals, and fertilizer to the world. Cruise boats traverse the river. The river is the source of drinking and cooling water for towns along its banks. The river delivers water, nutrients, sediment, and pollutants to the coastline which is eroding because of a lack of sediment input, subsidence, and numerous dredged canals. Engineering projects are designed to stabilize the shoreline. The region is economically important for shipping ports, is a vital and productive habitat for fish and shellfish, and is a flyway for migratory birds.
Optional Supplies Needed: The Fertile Fisheries Crescent with an Emphasis on Louisiana, William Stickle
Instructor: Dr. Bill Stickle
Location: Broadmoor United Methodist Church