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Old 02-23-2007, 01:57 PM
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The Corps & NOLA

FYI, flood models suggest that the major flooding in NOLA East & the 9th ward were directly attributable to the MR-GO.

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Corps confirms wetlands projects
It's also designing ways to shut MR-GO
Friday, February 23, 2007
By Mark Schleifstein
Staff writer

The Army Corps of Engineers confirmed Thursday that it will spend a larger share of a $75 million maintenance appropriation on building wetlands and protecting storm-surge-stressed sections of the Lake Borgne shoreline.

The decisions came in response to concerns raised in January by U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., corps officials said.

The corps also will proceed with the design of three alternate methods of closing the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet at Bayou La Loutre, a step also requested by Vitter, although less than $1 million of the supplemental appropriation money will be used for that purpose, a corps spokesman said.

The rest will come from dollars set aside to complete a study aimed at recommending whether the shortcut from the Gulf of Mexico to the Industrial Canal in New Orleans should be permanently closed and deauthorized.

Preliminary design work will be done on three alternatives:

-- An earthen dam across the MR-GO at Bayou La Loutre.

-- A weir that would "close" the MR-GO by reducing its depth at Bayou la Loutre.

-- A gate at Bayou La Loutre that could allow passage of ship traffic but limit the flow of saltwater northward.

Vitter had complained in January that he had included language in a Katrina-related supplemental appropriation requiring the corps to spend a larger chunk of the money on preparing for closing the MR-GO, as well as protecting parts of St. Bernard Parish and New Orleans from storm surge and saltwater intrusion.

At the time, the corps had planned on using a greater share of the money to armor the sides of the MR-GO channel and stretches of the eastern shore of Lake Borgne with rocks or concrete mattresses.

"When I met with key officials at the Corps in January, I explained the intent of my provision to advance the closure of the MR-GO," Vitter said in a statement Thursday. "After reviews by General Don Riley and the command's top attorneys, the Corps now agrees that they will move forward on a closure structure.

"Today they assured me that they will reallocate the $75 million I secured to engineer and design a closure structure, wetlands protection and restoration," he said.

Under the revised plan, the corps will spend about $17 million to create 1,250 acres of new marsh and protect 1,400 acres of existing marsh in what they label the "Golden Triangle," a funnel-shaped piece of land between the MR-GO and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway at the border of St. Bernard and New Orleans.

Armoring of the shoreline of Lake Borgne in two stretches near Bayous Bienvenue and Dupre will cost another $12.7 million, with a third stretch of armoring west of Shell Beach costing $7.5 million.

The plan still calls for some armoring along the MR-GO shoreline at Shell Beach, for $10 million. Another $7.5 million will cover the cost of using dredged material to rebuild wetlands in open water at Shell Beach between the lake and the MR-GO.

A corps statement responding to Vitter's announcement Thursday said the agency would have a tentative recommendation on whether or how to close the MR-GO "in about two months, and upon completion of the district's report we will move into a more detailed design of any closure option."

A final report to Congress will be completed by 2007, and the corps will accelerate its design of the chosen option using existing financing "so that we may implement the plan as soon as Congress provides the Corps with authority and funding," the corps statement said.

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Old 02-24-2007, 01:48 AM
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Did you ever think of the possibility of a "Satellite-Guided" Hurricane?
Kind alike the way you make 'cotton-candy' on a stick.

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Old 02-24-2007, 10:32 AM
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What is the MR-GO?

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Old 02-25-2007, 07:38 AM
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Look at the context in the article quoted.
MR-GO means Mississippi River- Gulf Outlet
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mr go was a channel cut through the delta to enable ocean going ships to avoid transversing the meandering mississippe from nola to the gulf.

unfortunately it also provided a direct path for the swell of water created by the storm to nola.

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