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Parishes, State & Corps agree on new drainage projects in New Orleans

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On Friday January 16, during what must have been an uncharacteristically upbeat meeting in New Orleans among local, state and federal reps, the Corps of Engineers was given the go-ahead to construct a number of upgrades of the “drainage” system for New Orleans.  I use quote marks because gravity drainage is an oxymoron for a city largely below sea level.

As noted recently, the corps has not exactly been the darling of state officials in recent days. Thus the love fest described in this account of the meeting is noteworthy. 

The lesson?  Meetings culminating in signed agreements to spend money on “shovel-ready” projects tend to be much more congenial than meetings to develop coastal restoration strategies and priorities.

Len Bahr

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