flood protection http://wwno.org en Debris Found In 17th Street Canal Levee http://wwno.org/post/debris-found-17th-street-canal-levee <p>The US Army Corps of Engineers says there is no major threat from debris found inside the 17<sup>th</sup> Street Canal levee.</p><p>Corps critics aren’t so sure.</p><p>Chunks of concrete, bricks and glass were discovered during work to install sheet piling.</p><p>The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection District—East has been assured by the Corps that the material is being removed.</p><p>Sandy Rosenthal founded Levees.org after the catastrophic levee breaches following Hurricane Katrina nine years ago.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:21:22 +0000 Eileen Fleming 64257 at http://wwno.org Will Mississippi River Flooding Reach New Orleans? http://wwno.org/post/will-mississippi-river-flooding-reach-new-orleans <p>Water levels in the Mississippi River shot up in the past few weeks after a series of strong storms in the Midwest. Flooding has closed roads and bridges and swamped thousands of acres of farmland in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.<br /><br />But, will the flood waters affect us here in Louisiana?<br /><br />Jeff Graschel, a Mississippi River-watcher with the <a href="http://www.weather.gov/">National Weather Service</a>, says that scenario is unlikely.<br /> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:34:37 +0000 Janaya Williams 64032 at http://wwno.org Cityscapes: Richard Campanella On New Orleans' Sauvé's Crevasse Flood Of 1849 http://wwno.org/post/cityscapes-richard-campanella-new-orleans-sauv-s-crevasse-flood-1849 <p>Each month Richard Campanella explores an aspect of New Orleans’ geography. His <a href="http://www.nola.com/homegarden/index.ssf/2014/06/the_worst_new_orleans_flood_--.html">Cityscapes column</a> for Nola.com and The Times-Picayune shines a light on structural, often-overlooked or invisible aspects of the city. This month: a flood in 1849. Up until Katrina it was the largest deluge in the city’s history.</p><p>Campanella&nbsp;says that disaster 165 years ago had something in common with Katrina.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:51:34 +0000 Eve Troeh 62421 at http://wwno.org Federal Water Projects Bill Funds Levees And Flood Gates http://wwno.org/post/federal-water-projects-bill-funds-levees-and-flood-gates <p>Capping a rare instance of congressional compromise, President Barack Obama signed a $12.3 billion water projects bill Tuesday, financing improvements ranging from a harbor expansion in Boston to levees and flood control gates in Louisiana.<br /><br />Obama singled out two of the bill's main negotiators for praise — Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer of California and Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter.<br /><br />The new law will pay for 34 new projects over the next 10 years. Its price tag is half the amount of the last water projects bill seven years ago.<br /> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:13:03 +0000 Associated Press 62268 at http://wwno.org New Orleans Flood Protection: Stronger Than Ever, Weaker Than Intended http://wwno.org/post/new-orleans-flood-protection-stronger-ever-weaker-intended <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 2014 hurricane season has started, and New Orleans metro area residents are living behind a new, $14.5 billion storm surge system acknowledged as the best they have ever had.&nbsp;</span></p><p>But <a href="http://thelensnola.org/2014/05/15/new-orleans-flood-protection-system-stronger-than-ever-weaker-than-it-was-supposed-to-be/">an investigation by The Lens</a> shows this best-ever is still not as good as Congress originally ordered it to be.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:35:40 +0000 Farrar Hudkins & Bob Marshall 62009 at http://wwno.org Battle Shaping Up Over 'Big Oil' Lawsuit Bill http://wwno.org/post/battle-shaping-over-big-oil-lawsuit-bill <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Advocates of a south Louisiana flood control board's lawsuit against scores of oil and gas companies over erosion of coastal wetlands are making plans to fight legislation they say could undermine the suit.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:25:38 +0000 The Associated Press 54882 at http://wwno.org Flood Protection Authority Defends Oil And Gas Lawsuit In Baton Rouge http://wwno.org/post/flood-protection-authority-defends-oil-and-gas-lawsuit-baton-rouge <p>Attorneys for the <a href="http://slfpae.com/" target="_blank">Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority — East</a> had a chance to defend their lawsuit against oil and gas companies, at a meeting of the state <a href="http://coastal.la.gov/" target="_blank">Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority</a> on Wednesday in Baton Rouge.</p><p>The head of the state coastal authority, Garret Graves, has been one of the harshest critics of the lawsuit since it was filed last July. Governor Bobby Jindal has also been critical of the suit.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Diane Mack & Bob Marshall 52180 at http://wwno.org For Strengthening Levees, Bermuda Grass Is Hard To Beat http://wwno.org/post/strengthening-levees-bermuda-grass-hard-beat <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The idea that grass can armor anything is hard to believe.</span></p><p>But on a recent visit to the Lake Pontchartrain&nbsp;levee, LSU agronomist Jeff Beasley explained how plain old, garden variety grass has earned a reputation with the US Army Corps of Engineers as one of the best armoring materials to keep the huge mud walls of a levee from collapsing during a storm.</p><p>"You know how we reinforce concrete with rebar?" says Beasley. "We can do the same with these levees."</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 01:29:53 +0000 Bob Marshall 47541 at http://wwno.org Jindal Names 3 To Levee Board That Sued Oil Companies http://wwno.org/post/jindal-names-3-levee-board-sued-oil-companies <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Gov. Bobby Jindal has named three new members to a Louisiana flood control board that filed a lawsuit against 97 oil and gas companies over damage to coastal wetlands.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Jindal had made clear that anyone who supported the suit would not be re-appointed to the nine-member Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 14:04:51 +0000 The Associated Press 46165 at http://wwno.org Major Construction Set To Begin On Lakefront Pumping Stations http://wwno.org/post/major-construction-set-begin-lakefront-pumping-stations <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Residents along the Lakefront are being advised to brace themselves for some major construction work. The Army Corps of Engineers is starting work on three permanent canal closures and pumps at&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">17</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Street and Orleans and London Avenues.</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 45620 at http://wwno.org