At a regional meeting last night on UNO’s campus, the ACE sought public input on how Category 5 levees should be built. They need to have an interim plan ready by June 1, 2006. The final recommendation must be ready by December 2007.
Here’s what they are considering (pdf) in their “scoping” meetings:
In developing the Report to Congress the Corps of Engineers will consider ways to protect south Louisiana from Category 5 hurricane storm surges. The alternatives may include the following:Yes, that would be “No Action” as one of the possible alternatives to provide Category 5 protection to south Louisiana.
Structural. Earthen levees or concrete walls with floodgates and other devices.
Structural-coastal restoration combination. Structural with coastal wetlands and barrier island restoration commensurate to the level of structural fortification to protect against a Category 5 hurricane.
Non-structural. Elevating homes and improving evacuation plans, with coastal restoration.
No Action. Maintain current protection against a Category 3 hurricane.
Does anyone else feel less safe?