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Levees

Recent Ruling Shows True Tragedy of Katrina was Federal Government's Creation of the Disaster Itself

Sandy Rosenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sandy Rosenthal

The majority of Americans live in counties protected by levees, and the most important ones are built by the US Army Corps of Engineers, whose failure in Louisiana was presumably not an isolated event.

BP Engineers and Uncle Sammy Provide Double Whammy for Louisiana

Sandy Rosenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sandy Rosenthal

We think it's laudable that the White House is rapidly conducting investigations into the root cause of the BP well failure. 

But the White House exhibited paralysis after the spectacular engineering failure that flooded 80% of New Orleans.

New Study: Sound Levees Pay for Themselves

Sandy Rosenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sandy Rosenthal



The non partisan group Levees.org has just released new data that squarely addresses the question of whether metro New Orleans should be rebuilt...

Waste in Your Levee? Don't Blame the Corps

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Shearer

Crazy how accountability works at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Other than construction waste in the levees, how many other such mistakes have gone undiscovered?

Pilgrim's Progress: 10 Reasons to be Thankful for New Orleans

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Dalton-Beninato

I was taken aback when a CNN commentator conjectured that New Orleans residents are now looking for their "Pound of flesh." Our diaspora is not Shakespeare's Shylock character.

A Top Story of the Decade Deserves Accurate Coverage

Sandy Rosenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sandy Rosenthal

Today, New Years Day, many articles are covering the most memorable events of the decade. Naturally, they all include the metro New Orleans flood.

US Army Corps can't stop floods in New Orleans

Paul Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paul Brown

Lt. General Robert Van Antwerp, Chief of the US Army Corps of Engineers would not answer my question "Should New Orleans be abandoned?" But the Gene...

The Need for Enemies

Lawrence E. Joseph | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence E. Joseph

What is it about our need for enemies? Has the American consciousness been shaped, even warped, by decades of fighting off the Nazis, the Communists, and now, Muslim extremists?

Judge: Hurricane Katrina Flooding Was Caused By Army Corps Of Engineers' Negligence

AP | CAIN BURDEAU | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the Army Corps of Engineers' failure to properly maintain a navigation channel led to massive...

Economic Hit Men and the Next Drowning of New Orleans

Greg Palast | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Palast

Ivor van Heerden is the professor who warned the levees of New Orleans were ready to blow -- months and years before Katrina did the job. For being right, he was rewarded with ... getting fired.

Largest Levee-Busts in Louisiana

NYT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

In what experts are calling the biggest levee-busting operation ever in North America, the brothers plan to return the muddy river to its ancient floo...

"I'll Consider It Criminal"

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Harry Shearer

Here comes confirmation that a money shortage may be inclining the Army Corps of Engineers toward building a technologically inferior solution to New Orleans' Category 3 hurricane protection.

California's Water Problems Weren't Caused By a Fish: We Need a 21st Century Water Policy for Fish and People

Doug Obegi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Doug Obegi

California is at a crossroads; it can either follow its old course toward drought and an insufficient drinking water supply, or it can commit to a new, smart-water solution for the 21st century.

HTV Houma Louisiana: Terrebonne Parish Begins to Flood

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Georgianne Nienaber

"The tide is higher then it was for Hurricane Rita and when the wind blows from the south more water will follow. One hundred thousand people in Terrebonne Parish could flood. It looks like Niagra Falls. Please leave."

Gustav Raises The Question (Again): Is New Orleans Worth It?

AP | LARA JAKES JORDAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — Those who love New Orleans say Hurricane Gustav is proof that the billions of dollars spent to protect the city and bring it back t...

A Plea for the Presumptives

Isabel Cowles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Isabel Cowles

Dear Mssrs. McCain and Obama-- I know you have a lot of pressing issues to deal with on this long slog to the White House. Your path is rife wit...

Floods: Update, New Orleans Examining Levee Seepage

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

Corps engineers in New Orleans maintain that the seepage is not cause for alarm.

The Floods: Army Corps Says PR Firms Transform "Babblers" into "Spokespersons"

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

The Army Corps has known for some time that the levee systems needed restructuring. It appears that rather than improving them, they chose to hire PR firms to help with crisis communications.

Investigate the Levees

John McQuaid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John McQuaid

At issue is not merely how some bad designs crept into floodwalls, but why the whole system failed, and what we can learn to prevent it from happening again -- in New Orleans and elsewhere.

Fear of a $25 Corndog: If the Good Lord's Willing and the Creek Don't Rise

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Dalton-Beninato

As the rivers converge and and the crest moves south, national efforts to shore up our levees ought to look like someone is building the pyramids. The...

The Leak: John McCain's Stopover In New Orleans

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Karen Dalton-Beninato

The scandal this time is that there's no scandal. The leak John McCain should be addressing in New Orleans is the one at the 17th Street Canal Floodwall, the same one that was leaking before Katrina.