Release the Hounds!
~a Corps of Engineers whistleblower's letter to the President ~Hat Tip~Levees.org
~Recent levee ruptures in Iowa and Missouri may reflect larger failures of the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) raised by whistleblower Maria Garzino. And there may be more tragedies on the horizon: in 2007, USACE released a list of 146 levees across America that are at risk of failing. In an article this week in Politico, Harry Shearer gave a curtain raiser to a letter Garzino sent to the Obama Administration earlier this year that fully exposes the degree of deception by USACE. The letter reveals not only a shockingly detailed portrait, but also the attempts of government officials to prevent Garzino from blowing the whistle at all.
The economics of flooding
Challenges of keeping MS River in check discussed at meeting of Louisiana coastal authority
Wait…didn’t he say there were no health claims?
~Also~State Senate rejects ban on oil dispersants
GOP Seeks Bidders on Amtrak Rail Lines
Bourbon & Burlesque ~Gambit
~Lauren LaBorde on a fan-and-tassel fundraiser for the Contemporary Arts Center
New Crush~Blackened Out
Food Bloggers Get Up Close and Personal With Gulf Seafood