Houma Courier: Study: Without river sediment, Gulf of Mexico has moved 10 miles closer to Houma

Since 1932, the Gulf of Mexico has moved at least 10 miles closer to Houma as the sediment in the Terrebonne Basin has not been replaced.

In that same time frame, Morgan City, situated about 35 miles to the west of Houma, has yet to see any encroachment by the Gulf.

A recent study examined how the Atchafalaya Basin, adjacent to Terrebonne, has avoided many of the subsidence issues faced by areas like Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes by remaining connected to the Mississippi River through the Old River Control Structure, a diversion upstream that dates back to 1957.

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