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US Army Corps of Engineers

Panel: Corps Not To Blame For Missouri River Flooding

AP | MATT GOURAS | Posted 02.19.2012 | Green

HELENA, Mont. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did what it could with the record flooding on the Missouri River this year although proposed ch...

Record Flooding Leads To Change In Missouri River Plans

AP | By MARGERY A. BECK | Posted 01.07.2012 | Green

OMAHA, Neb. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Monday it will change its approach to managing the Missouri River following a summer of record fl...

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.

Another Katrina? Not Funny

Susanna Murley | Posted 10.22.2011 | Green
Susanna Murley

The destruction of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina was a man-made disaster, and we haven't done anything to stop it from happening again. This is the premise behind Harry Shearer's new movie, The Big Uneasy.

Funds For Reviving the Coast Will Be Lean, Even With BP's Infusion

Susan Buchanan | Posted 07.16.2011 | Green
Susan Buchanan

An injection of BP funds and continued spending by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may not be enough to counter decades of erosion along the Gulf, sp...

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...

Fukushima USA: Hell or High Water

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Regulations are our way of ensuring that the drive for profits never again leads to needless tragedies: Not in Fukushima. Not in the Gulf of Mexico. Not in New Orleans. And not in your home town. Plain and simple.

Louisiana Takes Precautions for Mississippi River Flooding

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Susan Buchanan

The oyster industry, deflated by river diversions during the BP spill, is bracing for more complications if the Bonnet Carre Spillway is opened. Too much fresh water kills oysters.

New Orleans Tap Water Beats Odds, Meets All Regulatory Standards

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Susan Buchanan

Residents worry about spills in the river, and wonder if oil lapping at the coast has affected their faucet water. Local, state and federal authorities, however, say the city's tap water meets and, under some criteria, exceeds their standards.

The President's Panacea for Business Regs: The Cost-Benefit Ratio

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Shearer

Balance costs and benefits -- this sounds so reasonable that it might seem unobjectionable. Unless you've had some experience with one federal agency that has long used "benefit-cost ratio" as a supposed guide to decision-making.

Florida Lake: Could It Kill Again?

Joseph B. Treaster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joseph B. Treaster

Something like Swiss cheese develops and down comes the Lake Okeechobee dike with the potential, the Army Corps says, for severe flooding with significant loss of life and immense property damage.

New Orleans Food Farms Struggle With Toxins and Red Tape

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Large-scale, community farming in the city requires soil and water testing and an array of permits. But that's not stopping gardeners in New Orleans.

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.

"Sacrificial Steel": Is the Corps Dooming Eastern New Orleans Again?

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Shearer

Corps higher-ups have authorized the refusal to rust-coat the steel "sheet piling" being driven to anchor floodwalls in the eastern half of the city. This is where your $14 billion is going, America. Into "sacrificial steel."

Sierra Club -- What Hast Thou Wrought and at Whose Cost?

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

The Sierra Club wishes to close down the operations of a fertilizer producer. But do the economic and social pros and cons balance out, and if not, what can be done to bring greater equanimity to these confrontations?

'The Big Uneasy' Documentary Explores How Hurricane Katrina Could Have Been Prevented

Huffington Post | Jonathan Daniel Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Hurricane Katrina is often referred to as a "natural disaster," one of the deadliest and most costly in our nation's history. Though the hurricane was...

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.

Bracing For Flooding at Hurricane Time in Already Soggy Florida

Joseph B. Treaster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joseph B. Treaster

A few feet of water may push into houses and offices. The costs can get into the hundreds of millions of dollars, but deaths are rare. Trouble at Lake Okeechobee, however, could be a nightmare.

Using Coal Ash to Melt Ice?

Bruce Nilles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bruce Nilles

On Thursday, the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will start using coal ash to melt the thick ice on the Platte River in Omaha, Nebraska, to prevent ice jams and severe flooding. However, Coal ash contains heavy metals which when ingested through the water may be life threatening.

Why Obama Needs to Weigh In With the Corps of Engineers

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Shearer

Republicans defended Bush and blamed state and local officials when the Army Corps of Engineers was found culpable for the flooding of New Orleans. Now Democrats are doing the same thing.

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?

Is the Corps of Engineers Astro-Turfing Its Critics?

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Shearer

In New Orleans, when the subject is the Corps and its federal overseers, hope is something that was left at the starting gate last November.

The Pentagon Loves KBR

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

The KBR issue has risen Phoenix like from the ashes of the six dead servicemen who died because of its electrical work in Iraq.

Fixing The Responder, Ignoring the Cause?

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Shearer

FEMA was the poster child for federal incompetence, according to the consensus media narrative of the New Orleans flooding disaster. But the true poster child was and is the US Army Corps of Engineers.

On the Ground: Disaster Flood Engineering

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

With the epic dimensions of this flood and the scope of infrastructure failures, how can the Army Corps of Engineers say to the devastated people that they had better get busy and "top the levees?"