New Essay on Army Corps Competence Contains Excellent Analysis of Katrina Flood Event

Aerial view of London Avenue levee breach site. Note home in middle of Warrington Drive at upper left hand corner.

A new essay by Chris Edwards just released by the Cato Institute examines the Army Corps of Engineers’ competence in building infrastructure for civilian purposes noting that the agency which employs about 23,000 people will spend about $9.2 billion in fiscal 2012.

The essay concludes most of the Army Corps’ activities do not need to be carried out by the federal government. Some of its activities—such as flood control and the management of recreational areas—should be turned over to state and local governments. Other activities—such as seaport dredging and hydropower generation—should be turned over to the private sector.

We note with appreciation that the essay contains a well written analysis of the Army Corps of Engineers’ role in the flooding of regional New Orleans during Katrina.

Having studied the facts relating to the 2005 flooding for six years, is qualified to comment on the quality of the passage.  We say it passes with flying colors. 

We note that Edwards borrowed heavily from the scientific studies, and that he also quoted reporter Michael Grunwald who has worked with closely since 2005.  Edwards also relied upon Environmental Defense for much of the material, another organization that is closely aligned with.

Factually correct descriptions of the horrific flooding on August 29, 2005 is evidence that is fulfilling its mission of education.

Click here for the essay.

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