Mississippi River and Tributaries Project

The Mississippi River and Tributaries project was authorized by the 1928 Flood Control Act.  In the wake of the devastating 1927 flood, it was deemed necessary to put into place a comprehensive, unified system of public works within the lower Mississippi Valley that would provide unprecedented flood risk management and an equally efficient navigation channel.

The MR&T project has four major features:



These features work together to provide flood risk management and navigation, and foster environmental protection and enhancement.