Aug 24, 2011 6:54 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers and state officials say they will join forces to study the best methods for turning the Mississippi River into a land-making device by diverting its water and sediment into coastal areas that are eroding.
Army Corps and state officials say they will sign an agreement Wednesday that spells out the details of the project called the Mississippi River Hydrodynamic and Delta Management Study.
The study will collect data and run models to figure out where and how to divert the Mississippi.
The goal is to fight coastal erosion in Louisiana by using the river's water and sediment to replenish areas that have been disappearing. Since the 1930s, coastal Louisiana has lost about 1,900 square miles of coast.