But they voted not to send another name in cases in which the governor rejects a qualified candidate.
Savings reach $20 million if levees are raised before they're armored. Subsidence puts area flood insurance at risk.
Parts of a 1.1-mile stretch of levee along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway have sunk six inches since it was built. Repairs will cost $1 million. Officials say subsidence is inevitable, and it’s impossible to predict where it will happen.
Barry talks about the suit against oil and gas companies and his new advocacy group, Restore Louisiana Now.
In March, months before it sued oil and gas companies, the levee authority knew the state would pull its funding.
Two 4.5-mile sections will be closed for about a year each.
Because the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers didn’t have local data on how waves behave when they overtop levees and floodwalls in Louisiana, the agency relied on data from the Netherlands and California. Getting better local storm data would require expensive “hardened” gauges that can stand up to storm conditions.
Head of the state coastal agency says the $500,000 cut is simply a matter of tight government finances.
Alternatives include porous mats that hold soils in place while allowing grass to grow — at an added cost of more than $350 million. Layering the whole system with concrete is another costly option.
Study said plastic matting wouldn't have to be removed when levees are raised. Board consultant says otherwise.