Rivers flow to the sea

By KELLEY WILLIAMS,

Gravity is a fundamental law of nature. It makes rivers flow to the sea. If the natural flow is blocked, there are consequences. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blocked about 40 percent of the Mississippi River’s peak flow to the Gulf at Morgan City in 1964. The delayed consequences today are unnatural floods on the Lower Mississippi.



When politicians direct capital

By KELLEY WILLIAMS,

Bad things often happen when politicians direct capital. A recent lead editorial in The Wall Street Journal provided some examples. One was some of the highest electric rates in the country. That sounds like Mississippi Power’s monopoly service area in southeast Mississippi. But the WSJ editorial was about California’s PG&E utility.


Déjà vu all over again

By KELLEY WILLIAMS,

On January 15, 2016, the Mississippi River at Vicksburg reached 50 feet — seven feet above flood stage. It was the highest January crest since 1879 when Congress put the Mississippi River Commission (MRC) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) in charge of flood control. A freak January flood.





Flood controland insanity

By KELLEY WILLIAMS,

Albert Einstein said: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” You could say the Mississippi River Commission (MRC) is insane. It built levees to control floods from 1879 to 1928. The great flood of 1927 showed that “levees only” didn’t work. So, Congress tried something different.





Tip of a mudberg

By KELLEY WILLIAMS,

The Titanic ran into an iceberg, and sank. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has run into a “Mudberg,” and its reputation is sinking. Mudberg is a 30-foot-high mound of sediments in the Mississippi River above Baton Rouge that restricts its flow.


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