Rivers reclaim themselves

Written by Dixon Landers

In the case of the Mississippi floods, attempts to channelize and control the largest river system in North America caused billions of dollars of damage.  One of the obvious consequences of a large river flooding is the expense associated with the loss of homes and other human infrastructure.  Here, our relatively short perspective of time works against us.  We forget that any constrained river may--under conditions that can be projected to occur at regular intervals--totally indundate, if not destroy, structures in the active flood plain.  We tend to forget this if not reminded by the river itself.

Dixon Landers, Oregon Salmon, p.99. 

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