This buildup of water puts pressure on the sand levee
, the only barrier between the city of Jeddah and 10 million liters of raw sewage.
In the Fall of 2011, a group of wealthy agri-businesses in Deerfield, Massachusetts created several kilometers of sand levees
along the Deerfield River in an attempt to prevent future flooding of their low-lying farm fields.
Louisiana authorities are desperate to start building sand levees
to keep the spill from swamping their coast, but experts have serious doubts about the $350 million project.
Jindal has now appealed to the US Army Corps of Engineers to issue a permit to allow the construction of 128 km of sand levees
to protect the Louisiana coastline from further damage.
Historically, the water district has used bulldozed sand levees
in the bed of the Santa Ana River to slow the flow, increase its infiltration into the river bed, and divert additional flow into offchannel gravel pits where the water slowly infiltrates the underground basin.