New book explains importance of great river management

July 25, 2016
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URBANA, Ill. – University of Illinois soil scientist Ken Olson and his colleague, Lois Wright Morton, a sociologist from Iowa State University, have examined the effects of climate extremes including flooding and droughts in the Mississippi and Ohio River basins from many angles. They’ve co-authored over 20 feature journal articles and recently completed a book on the subject.

Managing Mississippi and Ohio River Landscapes explores the complex and ever-changing Mississippi and Ohio Rivers' landscapes and their systems. In this new century three major concerns have emerged: climate change and impacts, food insecurity, and homeland security including infrastructure, navigation, and water supplies. All three themes run throughout this book. 

Through a series of engaging case studies accompanied by illustrative maps and photographs, the book reviews the historical impacts of climate, economic and population growth, and efforts to manage the waterways with engineered structures. Topics include drainage of bottomlands for crop production and other land uses, flooding risks and responses, levee systems and breaches, river navigation, and river ecology. The book concludes with recommendations for future management of these major waterways in the United States.

The hardbound book is 240 full-color pages. Managing Mississippi and Ohio River Landscapes can be pre-ordered online from the Soil and Water Conservation Society website.





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