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Largess in Louisiana: Money Flowed to Questionable Projects
Washington Post ^ | 9/8/05 | Michael Grunwald

Posted on 09/07/2005 10:00:50 PM PDT by Uncle Joe Cannon

Largess in Louisiana Money Flowed to Questionable Projects State Leads in Army Corps Spending, but Millions Had Nothing to Do With Floods

By Michael Grunwald Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, September 8, 2005; Page A01

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In Katrina's wake, Louisiana politicians and other critics have complained about paltry funding for the Army Corps in general and Louisiana projects in particular. But over the five years of President Bush's administration, Louisiana has received far more money for Corps civil works projects than any other state, about $1.9 billion; California was a distant second with less than $1.4 billion, even though its population is more than seven times as large.

Much of that Louisiana money was spent to try to keep low-lying New Orleans dry. But hundreds of millions of dollars have gone to unrelated water projects demanded by the state's congressional delegation and approved by the Corps, often after economic analyses that turned out to be inaccurate. Despite a series of independent investigations criticizing Army Corps construction projects as wasteful pork-barrel spending, Louisiana's representatives have kept bringing home the bacon.

For example, after a $194 million deepening project for the Port of Iberia flunked a Corps cost-benefit analysis, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) tucked language into an emergency Iraq spending bill ordering the agency to redo its calculations. The Corps also spends tens of millions of dollars a year dredging little-used waterways such as the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, the Atchafalaya River and the Red River -- now known as the J. Bennett Johnston Waterway, in honor of the project's congressional godfather -- for barge traffic that is less than forecast.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: corpsofengineers; corruption; democrats; dirtyrats; dnc; federalspending; incompetence; katrina; katrinafailures; landrieu; left; liberals; marylandrieu; punchlandrieu; rats; senaterats
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1 posted on 09/07/2005 10:00:51 PM PDT by Uncle Joe Cannon
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These Dim Bulbs are going to seriously regret their attempt to turn a national tragedy into a political gain.


2 posted on 09/07/2005 10:02:38 PM PDT by Uncle Joe Cannon
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon
"Louisiana has received far more money for Corps civil works projects than any other state, about $1.9 billion."

Yet a flood wall was not even considered? Incredible!

3 posted on 09/07/2005 10:04:37 PM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is never free)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon
Uh, Oh.......the Bad News for the Dems keeps coming....

Here's an excerpt......"But overall, the Bush administration's funding requests for the key New Orleans flood-control projects for the past five years were slightly higher than the Clinton administration's for its past five years"

4 posted on 09/07/2005 10:05:09 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Our military......the world's HEROES!)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon
I think you may be right. When even the Washington POST doesn't try to cover for them it's really bad because you know there is a lot more they aren't telling us. We know the state has a history of corruption and failed political leaders.

JMHO, I think all the carping from Hillary and Pelosi is more a function of trying to draw attention from the back story.

Susan Estrich made what may be the most outrageous statement today: Called this Bush's Monicagate.

5 posted on 09/07/2005 10:06:43 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon
For example, after a $194 million deepening project for the Port of Iberia flunked a Corps cost-benefit analysis, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) tucked language into an emergency Iraq spending bill ordering the agency to redo its calculations.

I think she better go punch a mirror.
6 posted on 09/07/2005 10:06:46 PM PDT by PA Engineer
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To: PA Engineer

~LOL~


7 posted on 09/07/2005 10:07:32 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

The jig is up for that Rats, this seals the deal coming from the Compost.


8 posted on 09/07/2005 10:08:03 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Howlin; nopardons; OXENinFLA; kcvl; prairiebreeze; mystery-ak; MJY1288
For example, after a $194 million deepening project for the Port of Iberia flunked a Corps cost-benefit analysis, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) tucked language into an emergency Iraq spending bill ordering the agency to redo its calculations

FYI

9 posted on 09/07/2005 10:08:13 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: PA Engineer
I think she better go punch a mirror.

Line of the day.

10 posted on 09/07/2005 10:09:45 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon
As reported to me by family members, LA is one really corrupt state government state, always has been.
11 posted on 09/07/2005 10:10:22 PM PDT by ladyinred (Leftist=Anti American!)
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To: Mo1
How long will it be before the Dems start saying that Congressional hearings are not neccessary?

When the Sun shines on the Democrats, they start steaming like a freshly pinched off turd

12 posted on 09/07/2005 10:12:44 PM PDT by MJY1288 (Whenever a Liberal is Speaking on the Senate Floor, Al-Jazeera Breaks in and Covers it LIVE)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

If I were a Republican I'd be pushing this story with everything I had. But, of course, it's dangerous for everyone. All politicians have an affinity for pork and mud.


13 posted on 09/07/2005 10:12:59 PM PDT by liberallarry
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To: Arizona Carolyn
Susan Estrich made what may be the most outrageous statement today: Called this Bush's Monicagate

Oh Geez .. that is nothing by desperation

BTW ... I wonder how many other pork projects Mary sneak into spending bills?

14 posted on 09/07/2005 10:13:20 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: Mo1
after a $194 million deepening project for the Port of Iberia flunked a Corps cost-benefit analysis, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) tucked language into an emergency Iraq spending bill ordering the agency to redo its calculations
15 posted on 09/07/2005 10:13:32 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: liberallarry

BINGO, If it was up to me, I would like to see 80% of them in Congress, taken away in hand cuffs


16 posted on 09/07/2005 10:14:19 PM PDT by MJY1288 (Whenever a Liberal is Speaking on the Senate Floor, Al-Jazeera Breaks in and Covers it LIVE)
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To: defconw; tiredoflaundry; ken5050; Txsleuth; Sam Hill; hipaatwo; Tony Snow; radioproducer

BTTT


17 posted on 09/07/2005 10:14:31 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon
Any one from Louisiana can tell you that a seat on the levee board was a cherished position given out as a premium political favor. The board had the say so for destination of quite a load of cash.
18 posted on 09/07/2005 10:14:31 PM PDT by oyez
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

Start singing, Mayor Nagin!!!


19 posted on 09/07/2005 10:14:42 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

I knew it! Money!


20 posted on 09/07/2005 10:16:44 PM PDT by SeaBiscuit (God Bless all who defend America and Friends, the rest can go to hell.)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

I suppose from a democrat point of view the funding was insufficient...insufficient to overcome the graft of the democrats in charge. If enough money had been poured in, even the corrupt democrats couldn't have siphoned off enough to have stopped the needed repairs and upgrades.


21 posted on 09/07/2005 10:18:17 PM PDT by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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To: Arizona Carolyn
"Susan Estrich made what may be the most outrageous statement today: Called this Bush's Monicagate."

Good Googa Mooga..... These demented and out of power RATS in the media must be ingesting some really potent Narcotics. Nothing else could explain such a comparison. In defense of Susan, she might be under the influence of pain killers from the last time she looked in the mirror. That woman must have to sneak up on a glass of water

22 posted on 09/07/2005 10:18:45 PM PDT by MJY1288 (Whenever a Liberal is Speaking on the Senate Floor, Al-Jazeera Breaks in and Covers it LIVE)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

Wow, coming from the Wash. Post of all places.

It's a great time for reactionary politics, amid all the crap being hurled around by Democrats without an ounce of character.


23 posted on 09/07/2005 10:19:00 PM PDT by Kryptonite
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To: Mo1

OMG...The shocker is this was page A-1 in the Washington Compost.


24 posted on 09/07/2005 10:20:38 PM PDT by hipaatwo
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To: oyez
Any one from Louisiana can tell you that a seat on the levee board was a cherished position given out as a premium political favor. The board had the say so for destination of quite a load of cash.

My God. It's the Boss Tweed scandal all over again! But only this time over 10,000 people may be dead because of the the corruption of New Orleans city officials.

25 posted on 09/07/2005 10:20:45 PM PDT by RayChuang88
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To: Mo1

I'd love to know. Hopefully we have a Buckhead who will find the smoking gun(s)and, once again, Freepers will blow the lid on these people.


26 posted on 09/07/2005 10:21:47 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: MJY1288

~LOL~ I almost fell out of my chair when Rush read that this morning.


27 posted on 09/07/2005 10:22:51 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

Pull the financial plug on Louisiana and every Rat state and county.


28 posted on 09/07/2005 10:23:08 PM PDT by Tax Government (Put down the judicial insurrection. Contribute to FR.)
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To: Kryptonite

I just think they are giving enough to keep anyone from looking deeper. Bet Hillary and Pellosi will not be happy to see this, especially Hillary, now that she made so many outrageous statements...so far, tonight, Hillary is batting 2-0 -- supporting Blanco and saying Bush ruined FEMA -- Newsmax regurgitated a 1999 article of how badly FEMA floundered in 1999 Florida Hurricane and took a MONTH to get help to some people, used the excuse: Mud! Too muddy to drive there.


29 posted on 09/07/2005 10:25:18 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

I can`t keep up with all the articles popping up on these people. I can`t wait until the Congressional hearings start.


30 posted on 09/07/2005 10:26:01 PM PDT by Peace will be here soon
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon
>> These Dim Bulbs are going to seriously regret their attempt to turn a national tragedy into a political gain.

They will not. The only thing dimmer than these rats are those who elect them. Rats turn everything into political gain or it is dropped like a hot stone by the MSM and therefor never was, as far as their constituents limited intellect is concerned.

No matter what comes out of this those who do the right thing and save the rats and their supporters from their own devices will be held responsible.

Half the rats that allowed this situation to manifest will catch a hundred K payoff investigating their past actions next year. Katrina is a gravy train for this crowd, a scratcher worth millions in outright cash, and a free public forum to pi$$ for months onto those who must make the payout. We once had to fight ignorance and the MSM, now we must fight nature itself.
31 posted on 09/07/2005 10:26:24 PM PDT by mmercier (same as it ever was, but worse)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon
(and the moonbat bleats)

But,,,,but,,,,,um,,,,,,uh,,,,,,,er,,,,,,


IT'S STILL ALL BUSH'S FAULT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
32 posted on 09/07/2005 10:26:37 PM PDT by kb2614 ("Speaking Truth to Power" - What idiots say when they want to sound profound!!)
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To: dfwgator
Louisiana has received far more money for Corps civil works projects than any other state, about $1.9 billion; California was a distant second with less than $1.4 billion, even though its population is more than seven times as large.

Possibly an accurate statistic, but irrelevant. Threats of terrorism or natural disaster have little to do with per capita risk. Terrorists targeting (so far) is skewed in favor of symbolism (e.g, WTC), and natural disasters are dictated by meteorological phenomena, fault lines, etc.

Hillary Clinton was making this same weak argument recently in the Senate when she argued that Montana was getting 5x the per capita DHS budget of New York. Aside from the pure pork barrel issues - sometimes the statistic of per capita expenditure is skewed by "lumpiness" (the fact that some investments are available only in large discrete units - i.e., you cannot have 5% of one aircraft carrier or one new and specialized fire truck) and by factors of sparse population (Montana and Wyoming, maybe?) and long international borders.

Thank God Michael Chertoff is at DHS and is basing his budgeting on risk assessments. When Chertoff goes before whatever committed the congress forms to investigate the Katrina Response - he will roast, toast and dispense with the Democrats.

33 posted on 09/07/2005 10:26:37 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken (Seldom right, but never in doubt.)
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To: mmercier
But those voters are getting swooped up by so many kind people, they are going to see an entirely different USA from New Orleans. Rita Cosby showing a woman who took in 18 people displaced and they are all smiling, beautiful people and already job hunting.

You know it's like an abused wife, she thinks that is how things are until she escapes and meets a really nice man and finds out you don't HAVE to live like that.

34 posted on 09/07/2005 10:28:53 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: oyez
Are the people on the levee boards elected or appointed? If appointed, who appoints them------Mayor Naggin' Nagin or the Guv with the "quivering chin"?
35 posted on 09/07/2005 10:30:47 PM PDT by singfreedom ("Victory at all costs,.......for without victory there is no survival."--Churchill--that's "Winston")
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon
Does this story say that the money that was supposed to go to reinforcing the levee instead went to improve to dock for the barge that was left in the canal and BROKE THE LEVEE last week?
36 posted on 09/07/2005 10:31:47 PM PDT by msnimje (CNN - Constant Negative Nonsense)
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To: oyez

Orleans Levee District, Board of Levee Commissioners of

6001 Stars & Stripes Blvd, Admin Bldg, Ste 202
New Orleans, LA 70126-8006
(504) 243-4064


6 members appointed by the Governor; must be qualified electors of Orleans Parish. Mayor of New Orleans or his designee and 1 other member of N.O. City Council, appointed by Mayor, serves Ex-Officio.

(created by R.S. 38:291(K), 304)


Borne, Allen 223 Audubon Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70118 (504) 899-1234

Foley, Daniel S 6500 Carlson
New Orleans, LA 70122 (504)586-9395

Green, Eugene 4939 Saint Roch Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70122 (504) 242-1300

Gusman, Marlin N 1300 Perdido Street Room 9E01
New Orleans, LA 70112 (504) 565-6570

Hazeur-Distance, Ellen 1300 Perdido Street Room 2W60
New Orleans, LA 70112 (504) 565-6305

Huey, James P 7300 Lakeshore Drive
New Olreans, LA 70124 (504) 256-3414

McCrossen, Michael #2 Finch Street
New Orleans, LA 70124 (504) 833-4375

Saizan, Darrel (Jr.) J 2321 Killdeer Street
New Orleans, LA 70122 (504) 522-5224




The Levee Board, which owns the airport, is estimated to be worth $50 million.


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Army Corps of Engineers project manager Al Naomi, project manager for the New Orleans district for OVER 30 YEARS!!!




The $750 million Lake Pontchartrain and Vicinity Hurricane Protection project is another major Corps project, which remains about 20% incomplete due to lack of funds, said Al Naomi, project manager. That project consists of building up levees and protection for pumping stations on the east bank of the Mississippi River in Orleans, St. Bernard, St. Charles and Jefferson parishes.

The Lake Pontchartrain project is slated to receive $3.9 million in the president's 2005 budget. Naomi said about $20 million is needed.

"The longer we wait without funding, the more we sink," he said. "I've got at least six levee construction contracts that need to be done to raise the levee protection back to where it should be (because of settling). Right now I owe my contractors about $5 million. And we're going to have to pay them interest."

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The district has identified $35 million in projects to build and improve levees, floodwalls and pumping stations in St. Bernard, Orleans, Jefferson and St. Charles parishes. Those projects are included in a Corps line item called Lake Pontchartrain, where funding is scheduled to be cut from $5.7 million this year to $2.9 million in 2006. Naomi said it's enough to pay salaries but little else.

"We'll do some design work. We'll design the contracts and get them ready to go if we get the money. But we don't have the money to put the work in the field, and that's the problem," Naomi said.


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That second study would take about four years to complete and would cost about $4 million, said Army Corps of Engineers project manager Al Naomi. About $300,000 in federal money was proposed for the 2005 fiscal-year budget, and the state had agreed to match that amount.

But the cost of the Iraq war forced the Bush administration to order the New Orleans district office not to begin any new studies, and the 2005 budget no longer includes the needed money, he said.


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What's new, said Morehiser and Naomi, is that the agency has run out of money for the next round of lifts. Naomi said this is the first time a lack of money has stopped major corps work on the levees since the project began in 1967.


"This project isn't expected to end for another 13 to 15 years," Morehiser said. "They aren't really finished levees at this point. We don't even turn them over to their local sponsors until we consider them stable, which is years from now."...


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Al Naomi, the individual responsible for managing the levees:

The walls were designed in 1965 to withstand a Category 3 storm.


“You see there was not sufficient money or time to do anything about this,” Naomi says. “If someone had said, ‘O.K. here is a billion dollars, stop this failure from happening for a Category 4,’ it couldn’t have been done in time. I’d of had to start 20 years ago to where I feel today I would’ve been safe from a Category 4 storm like Katrina.


“Sure it should have been done 20 years ago but what can we do about that? You have to recognize before we had Category 3 protection we didn’t have anything.”


I've been here over 30 years and I've never seen this level of reduction, said Al Naomi, project manager for the New Orleans district.


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Army Corps of Engineers project manager Al Naomi


Al Naomi, project manager for the New Orleans district. The cuts mean major hurricane and flood protection projects will not be awarded to local engineering firms. Money is so tight the New Orleans district instituted a hiring freeze. The freeze is the first of its kind in about 10 years


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The Landriue crime family has been in Louisiana politics for DECADES!!!



Louisiana’s congressional delegation assured local officials they would seek significant increases for SELA. “We could have lost 100,000 lives had Hurricane Ivan hit the mouth of the (Mississippi) River before it turned,” said Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., alluding to last year’s storm that largely spared Louisiana but devastated parts of Alabama and Florida. “God has been good, but one of these days a hurricane is going to come and, if we don’t get projects . . . finished, we’re sitting ducks,” she said. [Times-Picayune, 3/11/05]


37 posted on 09/07/2005 10:40:54 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon
Good Lord! Have the pajama-clad bloggers finally had a positive affect on the MSM? Did the WaPo realize how much of tis is public record and would soon hit premier sites like FreeRepublic, LGF, Powerline, etc. to be picked up and mainstreamed via Drudge? Is that why they are actualy doing some investigative reporting even though DemocRATs will be hurt? I'll be looking to the west tomorrow morning at sunrise, just in case.
38 posted on 09/07/2005 10:43:11 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Freedom of speech makes it much easier to spot the idiots." [Jay Lessig, 2/7/2005])
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To: NonValueAdded

Lake Pontchartrain, LA. and Vicinity Hurricane Protection Project,
St. Bernard, Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Charles Parishes, LA

Updated May 23, 2005

PURPOSE. The project is designed to protect residents between Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River levee from surges in Lake Pontchartrain driven by storms up to the Standard Project Hurricane. The SPH is equivalent to a fast-moving Category 3 hurricane.

LOCATION. The project is located in St. Bernard, Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Charles Parishes in southeast Louisiana, generally in the vicinity of the city of New Orleans, and between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain. Maps, by levee district: http://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/pao/response/amaps.asp

SPONSORS. The Lake Borgne Basin & Levee District, St. Bernard Parish, the Orleans Levee District, the East Jefferson Levee District, and the Pontchartrain Levee District are sponsors for the work in St. Bernard, Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Charles Parishes, respectively. Map of Louisiana levee districts: http://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/pao/response/LeveeDistrictMap.asp

AUTHORITY. The Lake Pontchartrain, La., and Vicinity Hurricane Protection Project (LP&V-HPP) was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1965 and the Water Resources Development Acts of 1974, 1986, 1990, and 1992.

FEATURES. The project includes:

* New levee north of Airline Highway (U.S. 61) from the Bonnet Carré Spillway East Guide Levee to the Jefferson-St. Charles Parish boundary
* Floodwall along the Jefferson-St. Charles Parish line
* Enlarged levee along the Jefferson Parish lakefront
* Enlarged levee along the Orleans Parish lakefront
* Parallel protection (levees, floodwalls, and flood proofed bridges) along three outfall canals (17th Street, Orleans Avenue, and London Avenue)
* Levees from the New Orleans lakefront to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW)
* Enlarged levees along the GIWW and Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet (MR-GO)
* New levee around the Chalmette Area.

The project also includes a mitigation dike on the west shore of Lake Pontchartrain.

COSTS, in millions

Total Project
$738


Federal
528

Non-Federal
210


39 posted on 09/07/2005 10:50:52 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon
But overall, the Bush administration's funding requests for the key New Orleans flood-control projects for the past five years were slightly higher than the Clinton administration's for its past five years.

Clinton Hates Black People

41 posted on 09/07/2005 11:12:15 PM PDT by msnimje (CNN - Constant Negative Nonsense)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

Uh-oh! Heads will roll.


42 posted on 09/07/2005 11:16:14 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

They aren't smart enough to know when to STFU.


43 posted on 09/07/2005 11:36:15 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

"Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) tucked language into an emergency Iraq spending bill ordering the agency to redo its calculations."

uh, punch him in the nose Mary, we will have to talk about that, right? NOT\


44 posted on 09/08/2005 1:40:54 AM PDT by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

Louisiana is hardly unique in this respect. Let's not forget Alaska's quarter-billion dollar Bridge to Nowhere in the current transportation bill. That would build a lot of levees.


45 posted on 09/08/2005 1:43:10 AM PDT by kms61
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To: M. Espinola

Let's have that investigation of where did the money go.


46 posted on 09/08/2005 1:44:15 AM PDT by bmwcyle (We broke Pink's Code and found a terrorist message)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

bttt


47 posted on 09/08/2005 1:44:49 AM PDT by nopardons
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To: Mo1

When the WaPo prints this, you know that the Dems are on the ropes. :-)


48 posted on 09/08/2005 1:46:20 AM PDT by nopardons
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To: Peace will be here soon

Don't bank on it. The MSM worm turned yesterday with the usual suspect text readers saying it is time to stop the bickering, finger pointing, infighting, and yadda, yadda, yadda. They have seen the light and were about to get bit in the arse, so now anything the right says will be partisan attacks. And "you can take that" to the bank.


49 posted on 09/08/2005 1:47:08 AM PDT by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
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To: Uncle Joe Cannon

bump


50 posted on 09/08/2005 2:01:26 AM PDT by kalee
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