Tulane University honors Levees.org founder Sandy Rosenthal

Sandy Rosenthal, 2018 Tulane Outstanding Social Entrepreneur of the Year from Freeman Media Services (Tulane) on Vimeo.

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Army Corps responds to Levees.org’s demand for transparency

As revealed this month, the Army Corps of Engineers gave the East and West Levee Authorities a grade of “minimally acceptable” for their levee maintenance every year since Katrina.

The revelation got a lot of press; two stories in the Times-Picayune, two stories by WWL-TV and one in the Advocate.

It was Levees.org who obtained the data in a FOIA request and brought it to the press.

The Army Corps, while legally required to make the data public, had placed it on a website that was difficult to navigate.

And we just learned that the Army Corps – in response to Levees.org’s demands for transparency – had uploaded supporting documents from 2014 onto its website.

This appeared in a WWL-TV story by Sean Brennan featuring Levees.org two days ago.

If not for Levees.org, the citizens-at-large in New Orleans would still be unaware.

The next step is an explanation for the “minimally acceptable” and exactly what it means.

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Flashback: Levees.org installs its first historic plaque

In collaboration with the Lakeview neighborhood of New Orleans, Levees.org installed its first historic plaque at the Fifth Anniversary of the Worst Civil Engineering Disaster in US history.

The location was the 17th Street Canal levee breach site. This breach is considered by experts to be, on its own, the single most damaging breach.

On August 18, 2010, Levees.org’s first historic plaque – vetted and fact checked by the Louisiana Office of Historic Preservation – was unveiled in front of news video cameras and reporters from all over the nation.

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HJ Bosworth speaks with WWL TV about French Quarter sinkholes

Levees.org’s lead researcher H.J. Bosworth speaks with Jacqueline Quynh about the French Quarter sinkhole problem.

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