Presentation on theme: "World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC) and the International Environmental Commission Technical Seminar October 28, 2009 Westin."— Presentation transcript:
1 World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC) and the International Environmental CommissionTechnical SeminarOctober 28, 2009Westin Canal PlaceCOL Alvin “Al” LeeNew Orleans District CommanderUS Army Corps of EngineersBUILDING STRONG®1
2 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers People:▪ Corps wide - 34, ▪ Civil Works - 24, ▪ MVD - 5,0004545
3 New Orleans District’s Mission NDMNMIWIIAILINKSMOKYOKARALTNLATXMINNEAPOLISST. PAULDUBUQUEROCK ISLANDST. LOUISCAIROMEMPHISLITTLE ROCKSHREVEPORTVICKSBURGJACKSONBATON ROUGENEW ORLEANSMSNew Orleans District’s MissionProvide comprehensive water resources management to include navigation, flood and hurricane storm damage risk reduction and environmental stewardship for South Louisiana to ensure public safety and benefit the nation. Be prepared to conduct contingency operations and support the national response framework.
4 Mississippi River & Tributaries Project (MR&T) Reduces Risk for approximately 4 million people Miles of levee:3,727 miles authorized3,486 miles in placeMain stem levee system is 95.5%completeFlood Protection• $12.9 billion invested for planning,construction, operation andmaintenance, since 1928• $353.6 billion in flood damagesprevented, since 1928• 27 to 1 return on each dollar invested
5 the Louisiana Port Complex The Mississippi River&the Louisiana Port ComplexIn 2007, our port complex ranked #3 in total tonnage worldwideIn 2005, before Katrina, ranked #2 worldwidePORT OFBATON ROUGEPORT OFLAKE CHARLESPORT OF SOUTHLOUISIANAMISSISSIPPIPORT OFNEW ORLEANSGIWWGIWWRIVERPORT OFPLAQUEMINESDistrict BoundaryGulf Intracoastal Waterway
6 “The Corps of Engineers manages the Mississippi River, but its resources have not been allocated.” Mark Davis, Tulane Institute on WaterResources Law & Policy
7 Consequences Arise from a Single Mission Approach Implementation has been incrementalNavigationFlood & Hurricane Storm Damage Risk ReductionEcosystem RestorationFocus on limited users for specific purposesSometimes to the exclusion of other usersConflicts in water resource use are difficult to manage