Congress hadn't planned on providing funds to resolve all the scientific uncertainties this year, ... But if we don't want to see a repeat of this disaster, the restorations we thought might take decades must now be completed in years.
New Orleans will not be safe from another disaster like hurricane Katrina unless we begin to restore this natural hurricane buffer.
Recreation produces better economic benefits than barge traffic.
We should let the people of the Northwest decide the fate of Snake River salmon. This resolution is designed to take dam removal off the table before the public has a chance to weigh in. The Corps of Engineers is just about to release its five-year, $20 million study, but this resolution is trying to prejudge what should be a public decision.
This is the first major test of the new-found environmental ethic of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It should be a simple decision politically and scientifically.
We're talking about 22 legislators who are having a four-course meal while more than 400 others are dining on table scraps. This should be a wake-up call to legislators in the Northeast, Florida and the Southwest.
There are a number of barrier island and water diversions projects that are clearly ready to be built today.
It would be tragic if we rebuilt New Orleans and left if no safer than it was two weeks ago.
We spend billions of dollars on projects with very little merit that serve primarily local interests.