"Taking Down Levees in Louisiana"

"Man made levees line the banks of the Mississippi River and its tributaries. They protect towns and they allow farmers to plow the bottomlands. But levees come at a price: habitat destruction and worse flooding downstream. Now, more people are calling for taking down levees and returning floodplain areas to their natural state. Louisiana [is] the end of the line for the water that drains from the middle of the nation."

Samara Freemark reports for The Environment Report August 10, 2009.

Source: Environment Report, 08/17/2009