The President has nominated RD James to be Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works. Here’s my LinkedIn post with info about Mr. James. BTW, please connect with me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6321839869484167168/ There’s a report today in E&E News that Mr. James “owns property affected by one of the most contentious flood-control projects in the Mississippi River watershed”. The project (the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway) is fiercely opposed by environmental groups, but has been supported by the Mississippi River Commission. James has been a commission member since 1961.
The White House has asked Congress for an additional $29 billion in hurricane aid. Check the request out, because it also includes increases in premiums for flood insurance and some other changes in the flood insurance program. Click here
The American Shore & Beach Preservation Association has called on Congress to provide aid to hurricane victims, but also to make changes to the Corps program providing post-disaster assistance. Here’s a new link to the letter I’ve sent to Congress on this subject which focuses on the change in law that has to be made. It’s updated slightly from the link I sent in last week’s update.
Also, HT to a subscriber for sending us this letter signed by a bipartisan group of TX Members, Senators and Gov. Abbott making a number of special requests to be included in the next supplemental. Unfortunately, Hurricane #Nate is headed to the Mexico/Texas shorelines this weekend. The recovery from all of these efforts may spark a first step in a national infrastructure program. It’s Friday and I’m determined to be optimistic.
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Finally, many thanks to our subscriber (AL) who sent a kind note about the usefulness of disaster preparedness information on WaterLog.