Tuesday, February 21, 2017

First Clean-up Day of 2017 - Feb 25th

Please join us February 25th for our first 2017 Clean-Up Day! . If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to this event via Facebook or by contacting Sarah McEwen with Friends of Mississippi River Basin Model. Comment below or message us if you have any questions!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Our First Clean-up Day was a Great Success!

Thanks to everyone who has come together to make our first Clean-Up Day so successful! We've had a great turn out and because of how much we've cleared this morning, our dumpsters are already full! So, we're calling it quits today at 1:00 p.m. and are cancelling our clean-up for tomorrow.
Anticipate more clean-up days in the future! We'll have plenty of opportunities to help!

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Clean Up Day is Coming!

The Friends of Mississippi River Basin Model is partnering with the Jackson Branch of the American Society of Engineers to clean up the historical Mississippi River Basin Model on October 15 & 16, 2016. We will move trees, clear grass, remove debris, and share information about future projects at this site. Please wear long pants and bring snacks. 

We hope to meet and develop a list of interested volunteers to maintain this site for future generations. Going forward we would like to renovate and preserve the model as well as improve Buddy Butts Park as a whole.

This clean up day will be a kick off event and lead to future projects at this site. We will start with a clean up day to remove debris and stop encroachment of the adjacent woods into the model. Once debris and trees are cleared we will remove trash in and around the model and in the park. We are working with the city to make improvements to the area and turn this site into an educational destination.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Project Begins

Before you can understand this project, you have to understand the first project. During WWII, the US Army Corps of Engineers began work on creating the world's largest model of the Mississippi River Basin. It's purpose? Well, it was a model - specifically a way to test how new levee systems would prevent flooding. In a time with no super-computers the best way to model an entire river basin was to build a small-scale version of the basin. The goal was to finish the complete model in 1948, and parts of the model were working and in use as early as 1949, but the full model was not finished until 1966. Although the model was used for actual research between 1949 and 1966, the completed model was used for the last time only six years after its completion.

In 1990, the US Army Corps of Engineers turned over the model to the City of Jackson, Mississippi. Although the model is within Buddy Butts Park and open to the public, the cost of maintenance has just been too high, and the model is now overgrown with vegetation and has fallen into disrepair.

We, Friends of Mississippi River Basin Model, want our model back! We want students and tourists to come and see this testament to what mankind can accomplish when necessity is the driving force. But first, we have to restore the model to its original splendor, and that will be no easy feat.

FMRBM is working to declare the model a "National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark" by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Over the next several years we will be working to clear the now rampant vegetation and to restore the model components.

Reference: http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-mississippi-river-basin-model