Citizens Against Widening the Industrial Canal

Len Bahr Weighs in on IHNC

A refreshing post from former state of Louisiana wetlands ecologist Len Bahr on his proposal to have the lock replacement double as a sediment diversion. . Join the discussion on his blog!


3 responses

  1. Sarah

    While this may be refreshing in that it is new, it does not leave me feeling refreshed. Once again, an engineer propsoses a project that will have a massive impact on the community without discussing the proposal with the people who will be most heavily impacted by that proposal.

    I’d love to hear why you find this refreshing when it still will put New Orleanians at unnecessary risk.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:59 pm

  2. Sarah

    I just read your comments on Len’s site, Josh. I see that what you find refreshing is the fact that there’s a more nuanced discussion going on. I’m down with that. Still, I think that the parties concerned need to take care to have community stakeholders at the table.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:03 pm

  3. Well I suppose I find it refreshing for the same reasons you do – its a more nuanced discussion that has seriously been lacking. To be fair, Len is an ecologist, not an engineer, and that fact is demonstrated by his suggestion that we could use the IHNC lock for sediment diversion. The goals of that suggestion from an ecological perspective are provocative, but he is also trying to stake out a middle ground in a case where the middle ground is still an erosion of community agency and ecological integrity. Still, its a nice starting point to know that folks are open to discussing more than a binary scenario.

    March 13, 2010 at 1:42 am

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