The Times-Picayune - The drainage swale lining the north end of the West Return Floodwall is again stirring frustration in Kenner, one year after residents complained of flooding problems that didn't exist prior to the three-year-old flood wall. At that time, as the drainage project dragged for months behind schedule, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers acknowledged construction problems were contributing to ponding in backyards adjacent to the half-mile swale. But corps officials denied any problems with design, placing blame squarely on the contractor.
Gizmodo - The desire to distill hurricanes down to a single number or index is strong – but the task is quite challenging. Some indices aim to boil each June through November season’s total hurricane activity – including quantity, intensities and lifespans – down to one number; that can be useful for climate scientists interested in long-term tracking. Other indices apply to a hurricane at any time during the storm’s life cycle, and are useful for communicating destructive potential. The Saffir-Simpson scale is one of these; but unfortunately, in its case, the single number is inadequate, particularly since evacuation decisions usually need to take into account the potential threats from wave and storm surge inundation
The Times-Picayune - The armoring is designed to reduce the chance of erosion when the earthen levees are overtopped by larger storms. armoring is designed to add "resiliency" to the earthen levees. Corps engineers believe armoring will protect levees from erosion during surges caused by a hurricane with a 0.2 percent of occurring in any year.
WWF Global - Expanding ocean protection could return an increase in jobs, resources and services that far outweigh the costs, according to an analysis of new research commissioned by WWF on marine protected areas. The analysis comes months before governments make critical decisions that will direct the fate of the ocean for generations to come.
Click2Houston - In September 2008, Hurricane Ike roared ashore, bringing with it a wall of water that caused more than $50 billion in damage and claimed dozens of lives. Two months after Ike made landfall, Gov. Rick Perry announced the creation of the Commission for Disaster Recovery and Renewal and tapped former Harris County Judge Robert Eckels to lead the effort. One of the recommendations from the commission was that Texas needed to do a study and come up with a plan to better protect this area's part of the coast from storm surge. Channel 2 Investigates has learned Phase 1 of that study was just completed in February, and the final phase of the study will not be complete until next summer, eight years after Ike.