--Founder and Executive Director of Levees.org
Actually half of New Orleans lives at or significantly ABOVE sea level according to the study by Tulane and Xavier universities Center for Bioenvironmental Research.
Sandy Rosenthal, wife, mom, Who-dat and founder of Levees.org
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While there is no credible evidence that the actions of the pre-K Orleans Levee Board were relevant in the August 2005 Flood, Louisiana was, nonetheless, the first state in the nation to create a new paradigm of levee board governance. California followed suit, but requires only four of its nine levee board members to have expertise in flood control.
Marlon, as I stated in a comment posted 10/08/2013 at 4:44 PM: There is no doubt that members of the pre-Katrina OLB attended some meetings and spent some parish-generated funds unrelated to engineering and flood control.
But according to a 333-page report released in 2008 by federally appointed water experts, the OLB was not found to have acted incompetently or negligently in its decisions regarding federally designed and built flood protection.
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There is no doubt that members of the pre-K OLB attended some meetings and spent some parish-generated funds unrelated to engineering and flood control. The OLB had enormous assets that needed to be managed. And the airport and disputed land claims over oil producing properties directed part of its focus to working with the state legislature and to litigation. But according to an exhaustive 333-page report released in 2008 by federally appointed water experts, the OLB was not found to have acted incompetently or negligently in its decisions regarding flood protection.
The One Levee Board campaign took place long before the investigative studies were complete. It took place long before anyone fully understood why the Greater NO flooded so badly. The campaign pulled attention away from the true culprits–the engineers and commanders at the Army Corps–and focused attention on the pre-Katrina Orleans Levee Board which, to this day, has not been found guilty of wrong doing pertaining to the Flood.
But at the time, in 2006, we thought, well, this new paradigm of levee board governance "couldn't hurt" and we supported it.
Now Clancy Dubos's post appears to say the “reformers” were not truly interested in reform, but rather, that they were interested in controlling who served on the shiny new Levee Authorities. At least that’s how it looks.
I knew that “Citizens for 1” led the campaign to get statewide support for the new levee board legislation. But I didn’t understand until seeing this post that the Business Council was the driver, and perhaps the brainchild, of the One Levee Board campaign.
I checked the Business Council’s website. It says it “played a key role in the reorganization of levee board governance by championing the creation of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority“
Clancy Dubos: The 'reformers' wanted to remove control from the levee districts and give control to people vetted and nominated by the 'reformers.' This initiative was begun in 2005, long before anyone understood why N.O. flooded so badly. Long before even the earliest studies were complete. Long before it was apparent that the levees broke because they were designed and built badly by the Corps.
Louisiana was the very first state in the nation that voted for legislation that created regional flood control and dictated who can serve on its levee boards. Soon after, California filed similar legislation but requires only four of its nine board members to have expertise in flood control.
I never could understand what the fuss was about. The Corps controls what gets designed and built, period. No one tells the Corps what to do. It was that way before the Flood and it’s that way today. One of the current Authority commissioners stated this fact recently in an interview:
“The flood authority is the authority with no authority," gripes Stephen Estopinal. “Its recommendations are routinely overruled by the Corps and by regional planners.”
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