Assessment of sedimentation affecting riverine ports in Louisiana : [research project capsule].
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Assessment of sedimentation affecting riverine ports in Louisiana : [research project capsule].

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    • Abstract:
      The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) was

      tasked by the legislature in Senate Resolution 105 to study solutions to the buildup of sediment at Louisiana ports along the Mississippi River and to consult with

      the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) relative to the

      issues farmers face in transporting agricultural crops to market. The deposit of

      sediment at entrances to Louisiana ports on the Mississippi River hampers access

      to the ports and impacts farmers who use the ports to transport diverse crops

      to market. Finding solutions to reduce sedimentation and subsequent dredging

      costs, or other affiliated issues relevant to mitigating the build-up of sediment, is

      vital to the state’s agricultural base. Sedimentation in ports is directly related to

      sediment yield from the watershed, river flow, and velocity patterns in the vicinity

      of port entrances. Understanding the fundamental drivers of sedimentation and

      the governing processes responsible is key to the development of mitigation

      strategies, the development of Strategic Plans for dealing with such problems,

      and finally with economic projections to implement such solutions.

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