Coastal SEES Collaborators Visit the Mississippi River Delta

December 10, 2017 – Researchers from Rice University led Coastal SEES collaborators to two locations on the Mississippi River delta to investigate coastal land development. The first stop was the West Bay Diversion, which was engineered in 2003 to divert water and sediment to build land for coastal restoration. Land in West Bay is now subaerial and plants have actively colonized the new deposits. The second stop was the most seaward extent of South Pass. The coastline here retreats rapidly and is an example of significant land loss for coastal Louisiana. Here, the coastline is rimmed with dying vegetation, a testament to insufficient sediment delivery that could keep land subaerial and combat subsidence and reworking due to waves.