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Perilous Place, Powerful StormsHurricane Protection in Coastal Louisiana$
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Craig E. Colten

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604732382

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604732382.001.0001

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Lake Pontchartrain and Vicinity Hurricane Protection, 1970–1990

Lake Pontchartrain and Vicinity Hurricane Protection, 1970–1990

(p.51) Lake Pontchartrain and Vicinity Hurricane Protection, 1970–1990
Perilous Place, Powerful Storms

Craig E. Colten

University Press of Mississippi

The Corps of Engineers began planning for the Lake Pontchartrain and Vicinity Project after Congress approved the project in 1965. Initial activities focused on the “barrier plan,” which included levees and structures to impede storm surge from entering Lake Pontchartrain along with levees. However, local environmental groups began viewing with skepticism the barrier plan and the section of levee connecting Jefferson Parish to the Bonnet Carré floodway. Over the next few years, and armed with new environmental mandates, local groups formed unexpected alliances to delay the hurricane-protection projects and in some cases force adjustments to the Corps’ initial plans. This chapter discusses these adjustments that occurred after 1970.

Keywords:   hurricane protection system, New Orleans, Lake Pontchartrain, Vicinity Project, Corps of Engineers, levees, barrier plan

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