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The Power of Turf: Reducing Soil Erosion

During Hurricane Katrina, levees throughout the New Orleans Metropolitan area were subject to erosion and thus failure from intense wave overtopping. Research on wave overtopping from the Colorado State University (CSU) Wave Overtopping Test Facility working in conjunction with the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center was used to develop a stronger levee system. During testing, the ability of turfgrasses to prevent erosion was examined. Dr. Jeff Beasley talks about the role turfgrasses are playing in developing the new levees and turfgrass’ power to prevent erosion.

The Power of Turf: Reducing Soil Erosion