Before the storm, ideas like “conservation” and “holistic planning” were about as Nu Awlins as grilled tofu and kale burgers. But having your home marinate in 5 feet of water can influence your thinking. Now, discussing and acting on water management ideas is as accepted as parking your car on the neutral ground during heavy thunderstorms.
The mouth of the Mississippi River should be moved north and communities downriver eventually will have to be abandoned if other parts of southeast Louisiana are to have a future into the next century. Those were among the more startling recommendations proposed by the teams of coastal engineering and sustainability experts from around the world.