MISSISSIPPI RIVER GULF OUTLET: Latitude = 29.495367, Longitude = -89.127505, Zoom=13
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From Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia: The Mississippi River Gulf Outlet Canal (also known
as MRGO, MR-GO or Mr. Go) is a 76 mi (122 km) channel constructed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers in the mid-20th
century that provided a shorter route between the Gulf of Mexico and New Orleans inner harbor Industrial Canal via the Intracoastal
Waterway. In 2005, the MR-GO channelled Hurricane Katrinas storm surge into the heart of Greater New Orleans, contributing
significantly to the subsequent multiple engineering failures experienced by the regions hurricane protection network. In the
aftermath the channel was closed. A permanent storm surge barrier is currently under construction in the MR-GO, and the channel
has been closed to maritime shipping.
The MR-GO begins just east of I-510s crossing of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in New Orleans East and takes a path SSE through
St. Bernard Parish wetlands just west of Lake Borgne to the Gulf of Mexico near Gardner Island. Much criticized for its negative
environmental effects, such as saltwater intrusion, wetlands erosion and storm surge amplification during Hurricane Katrina,
the MR-GO was closed in 2009. Maritime traffic was barred on April 22, 2009.