February 26, 2014
The Mississippi is certainly not our grandfather’s, or even our great-great grandmother’s river. We don’t generally have to face with dread the danger of crevasses and flooding each spring and ship captains don’t have to wait, losing money daily, at the mouth each fall hoping for the winter rise to float them over the bar. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has seen to that, and we’ve reaped the benefits. But we are also paying the price.