Environmental restoration in the Atchafalaya Basin : boundaries and interventions
Author(s)Van Maasakkers, Mattijs J. (Mattijs Johannes)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning.
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The Atchafalaya River is a 135-mile long river in Louisiana. This makes it the largest distributary of the Mississippi. In this thesis, I will review the ways in which the Atchafalaya Basin is described as a complex system by the two agencies that are responsible for its management, the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources. Different stakeholders understand the Basin in a variety of ways. My question is how the different views of the Basin impact its environmental restoration and management. I answer this question by describing how the agencies transform elements of the Basin into maps, plans and various management activities by relying on science, aerial photography, and long-time residents of the Basin. I will argue that a central aspect of successful environmental restoration is that communication among different stakeholders must create a shared discourse to frame the main issues in the Basin. In the Atchafalaya Basin, this means that environmental restoration cannot be successful without some level of consensus among the stakeholders about what the Atchafalaya Basin is, how it has developed and which environmental qualities are present in the Basin today and which ones need to be restored.
Thesis (M.C.P.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning, 2009.This electronic version was submitted by the student author. The certified thesis is available in the Institute Archives and Special Collections.MIT Institute Archives copy: with CD-ROM; divisional library copy with no CD-ROM."June 2009."Includes bibliographical references (leaves 70-72).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Urban Studies and Planning.