Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Levee Safety Data and methods used to calculate Corps of Engineers’ LSAC ratings should be released ~Levees.org
~Surely the nation will fare much better if objective prioritization replaces the current practice of funding pet projects based on political issues. When the corps releases this data, we may find that exorbitant amounts of funding is being spent on levees that actually protect few resources. The data may even reveal instances where, for just incrementally more funding, the flood protection for heavily populated areas with large amounts of infrastructure and value can be raised from 100-year to 500-year or even 1,000-year protection.

Tropical Storm Lee stirs frustration with Corps levee plans in Plaquemines and Jean Lafitte~Mark Schleifstein
~"When it was authorized by Congress to be taken into the federal system (of levees), it was supposed to protect us from a 50-year storm," Nungesser said, which would have been higher than needed to fight Lee's surge. "It was slated to be raised to a height of eight to 10 feet, but the corps upped the standard for levees and (Brig. Gen. Michael) Walsh is now saying there's not enough money to finish it. "He wants to build what he's got money for, then turn the levee and connect it to the Mississippi River levee," Nungesser said. "That's absurd. Congress authorized this levee to protect our evacuation route out of the parish and for Gen. Walsh to unilaterally make that decision is un-American."

Nungesser talks about hole to be cut in levee

West Bank communities clean up after Tropical Storm Lee

Water drains from bayou communities; schools open as normal~Nikki Buskey

The Two Things Obama Got Wrong ~Harry Shearer

Today on the Stinktank~10 PM TODAY: the Payola Pundit plans to use his radio show "Garland Robinette's Stinktank" to mouth you long day about that $250,000 "loan" from River Birch owners (to keep him bent over with a ball gag in his " public opinion?" Hmmm?) Also, rumor has it, he will trot out all the hungry orphans he's been able to sponsor with what Fred Hebbe "loaned" him.

~UPDATE~ Robinette says he did "nothing wrong" amid questions raised about $250K no-interest "loan" from landfill company owner

Garland went all Rudy on us this morning ~Library Chronicles

The Fox in the Henhouse: Garland Robinette~He Said/She Said NOLA

Riki Ott or Feinberg? I’m thinking Riki knows the health better ~Disenfranchised Citizen

Divorce rate in La. above nation’s

Tuesday Reads ~Sky Dancing

Satsuma Cafe hosts benefit dinner for Vermont flood victims

Wardell Quezergue, the Creole Beethoven, Passes ~NOLA DEFENDER

The Breton Sound: "Eudaemonia" available for download 9/13 --BUT YOU CAN GET IT THE DAY BEFORE!!

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