New Panama Canal: Hope for the Gulf Coast

Denise Reed

Published on January 15, 2013

In discussions about saving the Louisiana coast from sinking into the rising Gulf, Denise Reed (2006) highlighted an eye-opening idea -- the positive role that planned upgrades to the Panama Canal could play. As part of a plan to support the larger ships that will traverse the canal, realigning the Mississippi River shipping canal for the Port of South Louisiana could rebuild the coast in both physical and economic perspectives. "We have to look for ways to make the river work for us in the world we live in today and going forward," Reed says.