Thursday, October 22, 2009
When Army Corps of Engineers contractors pounded the last of the steel-reinforced, 140-foot-long concrete "soldier" pilings deep into the marsh and clay that underlies the MR-GO and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, it marked the ceremonial end of an era. The work closes a shipping corridor that destroyed critical marsh and made the region more vulnerable to hurricanes.
Each piling is 66 inches in diameter and had to be moved into place using three of the five largest cranes available in the United States, corps representatives said. Once in place, cages of steel rebar were lowered into each piling before they were filled with concrete. (taken from the TimesPic)
At the website, MRGO must go, they've listed five broad-scale initiatives needed to fix damage caused by MRGO and protect people from hurricanes. Included with each initiative are the projects necessary to reach the goal of each task, the benefits from each project, the existing committments and the next critical steps.
MRGO, as you may recall, was instrumental in the flooding of the Ninth Ward, New Orleans East and St. Bernard Parish during Katrina.
This is one small step towards saving Louisiana's coastline.