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Environmental professor hosts special on the rising Mississippi River

May 20, 2011

Loyola University New Orleans' Director of Environmental Communication Robert Thomas, Ph.D., along with WWNO general manager Paul Maassen, co-hosted a special news presentation, “Flood Stage 2011: The Rising Mississippi,” this week on the National Public Radio affiliate. The WWNO radio news show featured a who’s who panel of experts that discussed the flooding history of the river, consequences of this year’s surging floodwaters and the ramifications for southern Louisiana, and the financial impact of the flood on the United States economy.

Thomas and Maassen were joined by Butte La Rose resident and author of the blog Riverlogue, Jim Delahoussaye; University of New Orleans environmental scientist Denise Reed, Ph.D.; King Milling, chairman of America’s Wetlands Foundation; John Lopez, Ph.D., director of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation; Mark Davis, founding director of Tulane’s Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy; and John Barry, author of “Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America.”

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