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Misery tour suggestions

Posted by schroeder915 on January 22, 2007

If you were to host a group of about 100 visiting environmentalists on a misery tour, what salient facts would you offer to support a comprehensive understanding about what happened that caused flooding in New Orleans, and where we need to go from here? I’m looking for anything from levee failures to green building and coastal restoration, scientific facts, and sources. Looking back almost a year and a half, it’s become a daunting amount of information and I wouldn’t like to miss any important facts.

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6 Responses to “Misery tour suggestions”

  1. Rebuilding DeSaix said

    The City of New Orleans Municipal Yacht Harbor. 17 months post Katrina and niether the city or many boat owners have stepped up to complete the cleanup. Over 400 dock boxes were washed into the harbor contained petrochemicals and paint. Boats with inboard and outboard engines still sit on the bottom. No sense of ergency from the city, state DEQ, EPA, FEMA or Coast Guard. A SUPER FUND site where one of the recovery’s economic engines should be starting to turn.

  2. Excellent! I knew this would be a useful way to get information I didn’t know. Thanks!

  3. Stan Man said

    Check out these stories

    This one

    “”In some cases, New Orleans residents’ peculiar social networks helped create the conditions that abetted the Katrina disaster.

    When it comes to the erosion of the wetlands surrounding the city, for example, Diane Austin, a professor at the University of Arizona, writes that oil and gas companies are “the elephant in the room.” Their dredging projects, their pumping, and their pipes destabilize the land. But it’s hardly a clear-cut case of Big Oil acting selfishly as the little guys protest. Marginalized local communities, like the Cajuns and the Houma Indians, have for generations provided services to the oil companies. Cajun mariners, for instance, became famous for their intrepid skill in guiding geologists to oil.

    These ties with companies that needed them have been especially important for “people who have been excluded from the social life of Louisiana or the United States,” Austin says. (Black Louisianians historically had a tougher time breaking into skilled oil-rig work.) Beyond economics, these ethnic alliances help explain why reining in on- and offshore drilling, a vote-winner across the Gulf in Florida, is a nonstarter in Louisiana, even now.””

    And this interesting story, along with the link to the full report in PDF format.

  4. celcus said

    I have some numbers relating to the scale of the debris removal effort that I have been kicking around for a while. I still consider it incomplete, but I went ahead and posted it, if it helps.

    http://some-came-running.blogspot.com/2007/01/dirty-jobs.html

  5. loki said

    A drive through St Bernard, go out as far as De La Croix where everything was washed flat. I have a picture of a refridgerator in the top of a tree from out there.

    Or you could just show them this:
    http://humidcity.com/2007/01/23/schroeder/

  6. dsb nola said

    Follow this link to Bob Thomas, chair of Environmental Communications at Loyola: http://www.flickr.com/photos/derek_b/

    I know he’s led a few such misery tours and I’m sure he could be a good resource.

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