Jennifer Cutraro

Jennifer Cutraro is a freelance writer based in the Boston area. She also writes about science, health and the environment for Science, The Boston Globe, and numerous outlets for kids.

The Corps of the Matter: On the Army Corps and the Mississippi River

A brief history of the creation and growth of the Army Corps

Today, it’s almost impossible to say “Army Corps of Engineers” without also saying “Hurricane Katrina” and “levee failure,” or “Yazoo Pump” and “boondoggle.” But the corps’ original mandate made no mention of hurricane and flood protection, or even of the …