Restoration of the Mississippi Delta: Lessons from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

  title={Restoration of the Mississippi Delta: Lessons from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita},
  author={John W. Day and Donald F. Boesch and Ellis J. Clairain and G. Paul Kemp and Shirley B. Laska and William J. Mitsch and Kenneth Orth and Hassan S. Mashriqui and Denise J. Reed and Leonard B. Shabman and Charles A. Simenstad and Bill J. Streever and Robert R. Twilley and Chester C. Watson and John Thomas Wells and Dennis F. Whigham},
  pages={1679 - 1684}
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita showed the vulnerability of coastal communities and how human activities that caused deterioration of the Mississippi Deltaic Plain (MDP) exacerbated this vulnerability. The MDP formed by dynamic interactions between river and coast at various temporal and spatial scales, and human activity has reduced these interactions at all scales. Restoration efforts aim to re-establish this dynamic interaction, with emphasis on reconnecting the river to the deltaic plain… 

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