Short Course Spotlight: Diverting Disaster with the Old River Control Structure

As long as humans have inhabited the area now known as Southeast Louisiana, we’ve depended on the Mississippi River for transportation, food and agriculture. It is at the very center of our business and cultural lives. And as long as we’ve lived near its banks, we’ve struggled to control its waters.
In 1963, the US Army Corps of Engineers completed construction on the Old River Control Structure. Designed to prevent the river from changing its course to the Gulf, the complex system of locks, dams and channels diverts water into the Atchafalaya Basin to prevent flooding in ports and towns from Baton Rouge to New Orleans.
Join Dinah Maygarden and Ivan Gill from the University of New Orleans on this tour, hosted by the Corps. The site visit features a series of massive engineering structures responsible for controlling the flow of the Mississippi – Atchafalaya River system, and a trip to the Point Coupee Parish Museum on False River. Leaders will provide background and science and engineering curriculum connections for the material covered.
This optional short course is presented as a part of the 2018 Environmental Education State Symposium, sponsored by Shell. Featuring the theme “Green STEM,” the conference is an exciting opportunity to join other formal and non-formal environmental educators from every corner of Louisiana and surrounding states as we meet to share EE teaching techniques and practices, new research and information, and spend time discussing our experiences as educators. Choose from multiple concurrent sessions to fit your interest and grade level. 
See all of the short course descriptions at Register at by Friday, January 26 to receive the special Early-Bird discount.


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