Decision-Making Chronology for the Lake Pontchartrain & Vicinity Hurricane Protection Project [open pdf - 4MB]
"This report provides an explanation, as opposed to an evaluation, of how Corps policies and organization, legislation, and financial and other factors influenced the decisions that led to the Lake Pontchartrain and Vicinity Hurricane Protection Project (LP&VHPP) protective structures in place when Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast. The study focus on project decision-making is intended to complement the engineering forensics investigations on the performance of the LP&VHPP during Katrina, such as those conducted by the Interagency Performance Evaluation Task Force and other institutions. The HPDC represents an exhaustive examination of a highly complex 50-year record of project decision-making and project implementation involving the Corps, local sponsors, government at all levels, and the courts. It can serve as a national resource for planners and decision-makers to make better future decisions about the nation's critical public works infrastructure by learning from the past to inform the future. The HPDC authors are solely responsible for the content of this report, and the report does not necessarily represent the views of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works [ASA(CW)] or the Corps."
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Institute for Water Resources: http://www.iwr.usace.army.mil/inside/products/pub/hpdc/hpdc.cfm