MEDIA ADVISORY: Briefing on Impacts of the Mississippi River by Renowned Experts on Sept. 16

BATON ROUGE – The Mississippi River is one of the nation’s most valuable assets, with an immeasurable impact on commerce, culture and water resources. The river is the lifeline that has helped transform the U.S. from a frontier nation into the world’s modern commercial power. The “Mighty Mississippi” touches nearly every corner of the country, as its watershed drains more than 1.2 million square miles and stands as the largest drainage basin in North America. It provides drinking water for millions and supports a $12.6 billion shipping industry with tens of thousands of jobs. More than 90 percent of America’s agricultural exports, including 78 percent of the world's exports in feed grains and soybeans, come from the Mississippi River Basin. The river connects America’s bread basket and the largest seafood industry in the lower 48.

Despite the essential role the Mississippi River plays in both the social and economic stability of the nation, communities along the river are living with the new reality of seasonal flooding and the subsequent effects of climate change.

LSU in Washington presents a briefing with a distinguished panel of LSU faculty experts in river, coastal studies, flood-resilient construction and environmental health about the future of the Mississippi River and its greater implications for the nation. The experts will provide the latest and most critical information, straight from the mouth of the Mississippi River, on the management and engineering of the river, the connection between the Midwest and the Deep South in terms of heavy rain events, agricultural practices, flooding and fisheries as well as how we can build smarter, stronger homes and communities to protect industry and livelihoods.


WHAT: LSU in Washington presents “Straight from the Mouth: Impacts of the Mississippi River”

WHEN: Monday, Sept. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. EDT

WHERE: Cannon House Office Building, Room 122

27 Independence Ave SE

Washington, D.C. 20003


Sam Bentley, LSU Vice President of Research & Economic Development, Geology Professor, and Billy and Ann Harrison Chair in Sedimentary Geology, LSU Department of Geology & Geophysics


·         Nancy Rabalais, Professor and Shell Chair, LSU Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences and Distinguished Research Professor, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium

·         Carol Friedland, the Cajun Constructors and Performance Constractors Associate Professor, LSU Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management

·         Clint Willson, Director, LSU Center for River Studies and the Mike N. Dooley, P.E. Professor, LSU Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering


Media must register to attend the briefing. Breakfast will be provided.


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Contact Alison Satake
LSU Media Relations