The Mississippi River and the Niger of West Africa will be compared during a conference open to the public in New Orleans on Thursday and Friday November 7 and 8.
River development history water resources environment and culture will be discussed by speakers from the United States and Nigeria. Organizers of the Comparing Rivers conference are the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Tulane University.
The rivers present contrasts. The Mississippi with average annual flow of about 640000 cubic feet per second has been developed for navigation and flood control. It has extensive levees floodwalls revetment and navigation improvements.
The Niger with average annual flow of 201000 cubic feet per second is relatively undeveloped. Nigeria the country through which the Niger reaches the ocean approved a plan in 2001 to dredge a 355-mile navigation channel in the lower river.
The Mississippi is 3892 miles long and the Niger is 2600 miles long measured by their longest tributaries. Drainage areas are Mississippi 1.24 million square miles and Niger 850000 square miles.
The conference will be the 5th Randall L. Gibson Tulane-Corps of Engineers conference. It will be held at the Old U.S. Mint 400 Esplanade Avenue New Orleans on the edge of the French Quarter. It will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. both days.
Complete Mississippi-Niger conference program: