By David Muth, Douglas J. Meffert and Steve Cochran
Ten years after Hurricane Katrina slammed ashore and New Orleans descended into unfathomable chaos, the restaurants are back, the French Quarter is jam-packed with tourists and millennials are turning the city’s infamous “brain drain” into a “brain gain.”
In the weeks approaching the tenth anniversary of Katrina on Aug. 29, there will be much celebration of New Orleans’ comeback — as there should be. There’s a lot to celebrate. But as always in New Orleans, it’s what you don’t see that’s often the real story.
Since Katrina, $14.5 billion in improvements have been invested in Greater New Orleans’ levee risk reduction system. That is significant, but as leaders of national environmental organizations working with local partners to address Louisiana’s land loss crisis, we know levees alone can’t protect us.