NEW ORLEANS —
WHAT: Outdoor press conference
WHEN: August 25, 2021 (close to the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the levee breaches)
WHERE: 5000 Warrington Drive, New Orleans
Levees.org has, in writing, remarks made by the incoming president of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) that are alarming.
The remarks made by the incoming ASCE president, who is currently chair of the Civil Engineering Dept at the University of Mississippi, seem to indicate he does not know why the levees broke in Hurricane Katrina. He feels the USACE was 100% not at fault and that blame belongs to the state of Louisiana and to Congress.
We consider this an example of a larger problem, namely that 1) engineering professors in the US are not aware of the true cause of the worst civil engineering disaster in US history, and 2) civil engineering students are not being taught that civil engineering mistakes can be deadly.
Fact: Nearly two-thirds of our nations’ population lives by levees.
Fact: The ASCE issues an Infrastructure Report Card for each state every four years.
On Wednesday, August 25, Levees.org will reveal the remarks, and will also announce its plan to address this insidious and alarming problem.
There will be a TENT for shade and a PODIUM for microphones.