CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) - Students from Texas A&M Bush School evaluated flooding from the Red River to find policy and technical solutions.
The group presented their findings Wednesday morning to a group of city and parish government leaders.
"It's no secret that there is a long history of flooding within this region," said grad student Brandon Kallenbach. "The Red River is always changing and Caddo Parish constantly faces this issue over and over again. So we needed to make sure that there was some sort of really good response in the way that the community was going to plan in the future."
The study is something Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator says is important because unfortunately, the problem isn't going away.
"You can see right now the river is up again and we're about to get into the rainy season. And the river has changed. And we've got to do something about it," said Prator.
The group gave recommendations like installing greenways, having better ecosystem management practices, and ways to lobby the state and federal governments for more funds to help after floods.
Prator says they plan on using the suggestions to make positive improvements moving forward.
"We can use the river for good, and figure out what we're going to do to take advantage of it. Or we can continue to dodge bullets and dodge bullets and every now and then get hit by one, which we've all been hit by one. So it's important to listen to what they've determined," Prator said.
Administrator for Caddo Levee District Ali Mustpha used to work for the city of Shreveport and says he has been studying the river for nearly 30 years.
"This is definitely a tool to help build on, it's not a solution to all of our problems, but it's a stepping point in the right direction," said Mustpha.