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Beleaguered Plaquemines Town Is Slated for a Borrow Pit

Susan Buchanan | Posted 06.17.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

The Plaquemines Parish Council gave the go-ahead Thursday to Woodland Borrow Pits, LLC in New Orleans to excavate clay on Highway 23's west side across from the African American community of Ironton.

Steep Flood Insurance Rate Increases Are Result of Federal Government's Mistakes

Sandy Rosenthal | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Sandy Rosenthal

While the worst rate spikes will occur gradually over a period of years -- thanks to a bill that President Obama signed into law last Friday -- a reported 1.1 million homeowners in flood-prone areas will still face sharp premium increases.

America's Levees Are In Trouble

AP | By JOHN FLESHER and CAIN BURDEAU | Posted 03.19.2013 | Green

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Inspectors taking the first-ever inventory of flood control systems overseen by the federal government have found hundreds of str...

Can There Be a Silver Lining in Sandy? (Part 1)

William S. Becker | Posted 01.27.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

In the late 1970s, a small community in Wisconsin made a big decision. The Village of Soldiers Grove decided that when people and nature come into conflict, it's sometimes better for people to get out of the way.

Campaigning Amid Sandy's Disaster Without Appearing Unseemly

The Huffington Post | Daniel Lippman | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics

With storm assessments declaring New Jersey the hardest-hit state by Hurricane Sandy, politicians face a delicate balance of staying in the public eye...

Sandy on Hurricane Sandy

Sandy Rosenthal | Posted 12.29.2012 | Green
Sandy Rosenthal

Fifty-five percent of our nation's population lives in counties protected by levees. It seems that our nations' leaders may be realizing this.

Louisiana's Lafitte Area Wants Levee Plans Expedited Following Isaac

Susan Buchanan | Posted 12.09.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Residents of the Jefferson Parish town of Jean Lafitte, 25 miles south of New Orleans, hope a levee can be built soon after they were inundated by Isaac in August and a string of earlier storms.

Temporary Housing Planned for Louisiana Parishes After Isaac

Susan Buchanan | Posted 11.25.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

On Sept. 3, when Jiles returned to Braithwaite after evacuating to Houston with a caravan of relatives, he found his neighborhood cordoned off because it was within a mile of Stolthaven. "We were under mandatory evacuation," he said.

Chris Kirkham

Hurricane Isaac: Flooding Outside The Federal Levee System [INFOGRAPHIC]

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Kirkham | Posted 08.29.2012 | Green

As Hurricane Isaac continues to drench the Gulf Coast, the flooding that has occurred so far in Louisiana has been concentrated in an area south of Ne...

In Praise of Waste, Fraud and Abuse

Harry Shearer | Posted 10.28.2012 | Green
Harry Shearer

As we wait to see what effect Isaac will have on the Army Corps of Engineers $10 billion-plus "hurricane risk reduction system" in New Orleans, I can't help thinking about last week's news from levees.org. When government adopts efficiency as its top priority, decisions like the Corps' get made. And people die.

Louisiana Coastal Director Says BP Must Pay To The Max

Susan Buchanan | Posted 09.21.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Garret Graves, chairman of Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, said last week "we will not allow BP to walk out of here, wiping its hands" of the company's responsibilities.

Focus on Coastal Restoration Not Retreat, Louisiana's Senator Landrieu Says

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.18.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Louisiana needs to get smart quickly about coastal restoration, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu said in her hometown of New Orleans last week.

Views Collide At Meeting On Louisiana's Coastal Plan

Susan Buchanan | Posted 04.02.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

A New Orleans open house held by Louisiana's coastal restoration authority last week on a draft of the state's 2012 Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast drew mixed, earnest and sometimes vehement comments.

Houma Tribe Wants Storm Protection For Its Coastal Towns

Susan Buchanan | Posted 11.27.2011 | Green
Susan Buchanan

The United Houma Nation, with its family tree firmly planted in Louisiana's coastal parishes for the last 300 years, doesn't want to see its centers drown as the wetlands shrink.

Can We Handle Nature's New Norm? (Part 2)

William S. Becker | Posted 11.08.2011 | Green
William S. Becker

Whether or not we are ready to conclude that today's extreme weather events are linked to global climate change, it would be utterly irresponsible for us to ignore the possibility.

"Katrina" Plus Six

Harry Shearer | Posted 10.28.2011 | Green
Harry Shearer

What most people think they know is that, post-Katrina, "the levees have been fixed." And that could be said to be true. To get Clintonian for a moment, it all depends on what your definition of "fixed" is.

Missouri Levee Exploded By U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers

AP | By JIM SUHR and JIM SALTER | Posted 07.02.2011 | Chicago

WYATT, Mo. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers exploded a large section of a Mississippi River levee Monday in a desperate attempt to protect an Illin...

'THE TOWN'S GONE'

AP | By ANDREW DeMILLO and NOMAAN MERCHANT | Posted 06.26.2011 | Green

VILONIA, Ark. -- Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says rescuers have accounted for everyone who lives in the tornado-struck town of Vilonia and that the death...

Missouri Levees Ready To Burst From Intense Rain

AP | By JIM SALTER | Posted 06.25.2011 | Green

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A levee protecting the southeast Missouri town of Poplar Bluff held overnight but officials are keeping a wary eye as waters from...

Before the Flood, More New Orleans Residents Had Flood Insurance Than the Rest of the Nation

Sandy Rosenthal | Posted 06.10.2011 | Green
Sandy Rosenthal

In the weeks after the levee system failed in New Orleans, public officials scolded the vast majority of the city's residents for not having flood insurance. It turns up they were wrong.

Thankful for the Truth-Tellers

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Shearer

My gratitude this season is directed at three people I've met who have had the extraordinary courage to find out the truth, tell it to the public, and bear the discouraging consequences.

Coal Ash Threatens Water From Baton Rouge Southwards

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Louisiana residents may think coal ash is for Appalachia to fret about. But ash from a coal-fueled power plant north of Baton Rouge is threatening drinking water along the Mississippi River.

Chicken Feed for Brains?

Melissa Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Melissa Smith

Dan, didn't your mama raise you better than to say something that stupid before television audience, or ANY audience?

Q&A With Harry Shearer: Voice of The Simpsons Speaking Up for New Orleans

Joshua Kors | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Joshua Kors

Shearer spoke with me about his movie,The Big Uneasy, a look at how New Orleans flooded, and the anger stirred by media that came to his new hometown but overlooked the Army Corps' role in flooding it.

Nearly Five Years Later Still No Levee Commission, Why?

Sandy Rosenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sandy Rosenthal

Levees.org continues to demand the 8/29 Investigation Act, a truly independent bipartisan investigation of the flood protection failures during Katrina.