Moving Forward after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Field Hearing Before the Committee on Environment and Public Works, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, February 26, 2007-New Orleans, La [open pdf - 9MB]
From the opening statement of Barbara Boxer: "As the new chair of this committee I felt it was important for our very first field hearing to be here in New Orleans. The critical issues we will address today: Hurricane protection, wetlands restoration, and management of the massive amounts of debris left in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and Rita are a top priority for this committee and with the continued help and terrific leadership of your two Senators we intend to stand by the people of New Orleans. […]It has been over 6 years since we had a WRDA bill and critical projects such as the Morganza Hurricane Protection Project and Louisiana Coastal Area Program need attention now. We must commit ourselves to restoring Louisiana's natural hurricane protection system, the wetlands. We know that when storms pass over warm, open Gulf waters, they strengthen. We know we are going to be facing that even more in the future with global warming. For centuries the protective wetlands of the Louisiana coast blunted the force of countless storms, absorbing their energy and softening their impact, but those wetlands have been disappearing before our eyes. Today Louisiana's Coastal wetlands are only half as wide as they were 50 years ago. If we fail to restore disappearing wetlands there will be no floodwall high enough, no levee big enough and no pumps strong enough to protect this city and the coast." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Barbara Boxer, David Vitter, Johnny Isakson, Amy Klobuchar, Sheldon Whitehouse, Mary Landrieu, Paul John Woodley, Don T. Riley, Richard Greene, Mike McDaniel, Vien Nguyen, Wilma Subra, Sidney Coffee, Robert Twilly, Randy Roach, and Thomas L. Jackson.
S. Hrg. 110-1033; Senate Hearing 110-1033
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