Ever since its creation in 1775, the Army Corps of Engineers has been vulnerable to criticism. By nature, the Corps deals with some of the most demanding construction projects in the nation, those that are necessary for places to survive but that private enterprise could never handle. Though the demands on the Corps are many, […]
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If you would like to attend our annual Top Female Achievers Luncheon on July 13, 2011 at the W. Hotel Please call Kristi Ferrante at (504) 830-7264. There was a time when any woman who filled what was perceived as being an unconventional female role was considered newsworthy. That has […]
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Tales of the Cocktail kicks off its ninth annual celebration of drinks and the folks who make them on Wed., July 20. Although most of the seminars, parties and workshops are available only to registered guests, anyone can attend one of the Spirited Dinners on Thurs., July 21 that combine the food of some of […]
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CD Tin Fish Tango is the third album from New Orleans’ experimental jazz group Plunge. It is also their second album sans drums, but bassist James Singleton and visiting sousaphonist Kirk Joseph (of Dirty Dozen Brass Band fame) keep the beat through an eclectic, sometimes spastic record. Mark McGrain, a trombonist and composer, shows off […]
The historic flood stages coursing through the Mississippi River this spring reminded the nation of the power inherent in its largest river. For some closer to the issues in southeast Louisiana, however, the experience represented a missed opportunity to capitalize on vast amounts of land-building sediment moving past areas where it’s desperately needed today. America’s […]
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• A recent National Institutes of Health (NIH) study on rats revealed that those who lead sleep-deprived lifestyles could suffer from impaired functioning without even realizing it. The more rats are sleep-deprived, the more some of their neurons take “catnaps” – resulting in a decline in task performance levels. Though the rats were awake and […]
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The International High School of New Orleans is too new to have a graduating class yet, but this CBD charter school still ended the 2010-’11 academic year with cause for celebration. That is because the school joined the ranks of a prestigious international education program known for academic rigor, advanced college preparation and intercultural understanding. […]
After a long, hard day at work, sometimes you’re just not ready for the 6 p.m. news. Dinner, then some comedy or crime drama on TV, or perhaps a book and a nice martini – anything to help wind down from the day. Now, you’re ready to see what’s going on in New Orleans – the […]
Sitting across the table from me at one of those New Orleans Wine & Food Experience events was a guy who owned a winery in Napa Valley. I seized the opportunity to ask him something I had been wondering about. Several years ago, I told him, I visited a winery and the guide was talking […]
Ever since its creation in 1775, the Army Corps of Engineers has been vulnerable to criticism. By nature, the Corps deals with some of the most demanding construction projects in the nation, those that are necessary for places to survive but that private enterprise could never handle. Though the demands on the Corps are many, funding, which is a product of a political process, is often inadequate. Plus, any project that affects nature is bound to have some environmental impact, which again puts the Corps in the firing range.
Nevertheless, the Corps deserves far more credit than it ever receives. New Orleans would be just a boutique tourist town bordering a shallow stream had the Corps not long ago contained the Mississippi River into its path through the city and kept the river deep enough for big cargo ships to arrive. The Corps’ levees have long held the river from overflowing so that neighborhoods could develop and a city could grow.
Most recently we have seen the Corps’ work at its very best as the river rose to one of its highest levels ever. A brilliant system of spillways kept all of South Louisiana outside of the flood plains dry. Timely opening of the gates on the Bonnet Carre spillway and at Morganza, as well as the channeling at the Old River control structure near Angola worked brilliantly using concepts that were developed in the 1930s after the Great Flood of 1927 created a demand for a solution.
Equally impressive was the ability of the Corps, working with other agencies, to be able to predict high water crests.
There are those who will always have bitter feelings about the levee failure induced by Hurricane Katrina for which the Corps has been held responsible. While we cannot defend the agency, we do enter into the discussion that the Corps answers to Congress and Congress answers to the voters. Politicians, citizens and even editorial writers failed to ask enough questions and to demand better protection.
For the present, though, the Corps deserves to wave a trophy. There will be no victory parade down St. Charles Avenue, but this win had super consequences.
Thank you, Corps of Engineers. May your barriers be strong and your seas be calm.