2012 Lower Mississippi River Science Symposium School of Science and Engineering

Lower Mississippi River Science Symposium Program

Lavin-Bernick Center, McAlister Drive, Tulane University (Live-streamed via Zoom)

Thursday, April 27, 2023

8:15 Doors Open
9:00 - 9:30 Opening Session Welcome Recording »
9:00 Kimberly Foster, PhD, Dean, Tulane School of Science and Engineering
9:10 Mead Allison, PhD, Professor and Chair, Dept. of River-Coastal Science and Engineering, Tulane University
9:30 - 10:50 Session 1: Monitoring Recording »
9:30 Session chair: Richard Rebich, Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center – Mississippi US Geological Survey
9:35 Louisiana’s 2022 Water Quality Integrated Report
Rachael Mathews, Environmental Scientist Manager, La. Dept. of Environmental Equality
10:00 Measuring for the Future: A “Sentinel” Waterway Monitoring System for the Mississippi River Basin
Bryan Piazza, Director of Science, The Nature Conservancy, Louisiana and Mississippi River Basin Program
10:25 Technological Improvements and Upgrades to the USGS monitoring network in Lower Mississippi River Basin, 2023.
Michael A. Manning, Physical Scientist/Large River Coordinator, U. S. Geological Survey
10:50 - 11:00 Break - 10 minutes
11:00 - 12:20 Session 2: Water Quality and Ecology - Session A Recording »
11:00 Session chair: Angie Rodgers, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
11:05 Evidence of “Forever Chemicals” Found in the Industrial Corridor: Louisiana Water Systems at Risk
Rebecca Malpass, Director of Policy and Research and Holly Laviolette, Rersearch Coordinator, The Water Collaborative of Greater New Orleans
11:30 A Century-long Snapshot of Water Quality at the End of the Mississippi River
R. Eugene Turner, Professor, Louisiana State University
11:55 Reforesting the Lower Mississippi River: a Multi-agency Collaborative Effort to Restore a Critical Habitat
Audrey B. Harrison, PhD, Research Entomologist, USACE – Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)
12:20 - 1:20 Lunch
1:20 - 2:40 Session 3: Water Quality and Ecology - Session B Recording »
1:20 Session chair: Kim Lutz, America’s Watershed Initiative
1:25 Designing a Sill to Mitigate Salt Intrusion
Gijs G. Hendrickx, MSc, Delft University of Technology
1:50 N-removal by Denitrification in LMR Batture Lakes
Clifford A. Ochs, PhD, Professor, University of Mississippi, Dept. of Biology
2:15 Channel Modification and Evolution Alter Hydraulic Connectivity in the Atchafalaya River, a Delta Interrupted
Dan Kroes, Research Ecologist, USGS
2:40 - 2:50 Break - 10 minutes
2:50 - 4:35 Session 4: Modeling Recording »
2:50 Session chair: Andy Ashley, PE, USACE, Mississippi Valley Division
2:55 Physical and Numerical Modeling of the Low-Sill Structure at ORCC
Cody Bryant, Research Civil Engineer, USACE
3:20 An Overview of the Newly Implemented Forecast System of Southern Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico
Ehab Meselhe, PhD, Professor and Lara Manuel, Student, Tulane University
3:45 Modeling Suspended Sediment Loads at the Continental Scale: Study Case - Mississippi River Basin
Natalie Memarsadeghi, Research Physical Scientist, UCACE -Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)
4:10 Modeling Hydrologic Alteration in Northern Gulf Coast River Basins
Victor Roland, Hydrologist, U. S. Geological Survey
4:35 End
4:35 - 7:00 Poster Session and Reception

Friday, April 28, 2023

8:15 Doors Open
8:30 - 10:00 Session 5: The Lowermost Mississippi River - Session A Recording »
8:30 Session Chair: Bryan Piazza, PhD, The Nature Conservancy
8:35 Review of Technical Activities and Current Status of CPRA’s RESTORE-funded Lowermost Mississippi River Management Program
James W. Pahl, PhD, Coastal Resources Scientist, Sr., Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA)
9:00 Neptune Pass: The Largest New Distributary of The Mississippi River
Alexander S. Kolker, PhD, Associate Professor, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium
9:25 Forecasting Shoaling on the Mississippi River Using Crowd-sourced and USACE Operational Data
Andrew Courtois, Research Scientist, The Water Institute
9:50 - 10:00 Break - 10 minutes
10:00 - 11:20 Session 6: The Lowermost Mississippi River - Session B Recording »
10:00 Session chair: Barb Kleiss, Tulane Dept. of River and Coastal Science and Engineering
10:05 A Physics-Based and Machine-Learning Hybrid Model Supporting the RESTORE-funded Lowermost Mississippi River Management Program
Christopher Esposito, PhD, Research Geoscientist, The Water Institute
10:30 Acoustic Backscatter as a Surrogate for Suspended Sediment Concentration using Sediment Transport Analysis, Mississippi River at Belle Chasse, LA
Adam Gartelman, Coastal Geologistand Scott Mize, Hydrologist, U. S. Geological Survey
10:55 Assessing the Salt Wedge During 2022 Low Flow Conditions in the Lowermost Mississippi River
Deborah Centola, Hydraulic Engineer/Water Management, USACE
11:20 End