WaterBriefs: Flood gates, temporary pumps planned for New Orleans outfall canals

Also in this report: CST lands contract for two water tanks; CarteGraph adds 11 new clients; Spartan Environmental names New England rep; Stormwater 360 endorsed by DNREC; Mich. Land Use Institute targets brownfields; TWDB focuses on brackish water treatment; PENNVEST approves $31M in water projects; DuPont commits to EPA PFOA reduction plan; Enviro Voraxial enters food processing market; Calif. Strategic Growth Plan for flood prevention, water quality outlined; AMTROL Inc. appoints new execs...

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-- CST announces contract for two 22,000-cubic-meter water tanks
-- CarteGraph adds 11 new clients, including two international clients
-- Spartan Environmental appoints Maher Corp. as New England representative
-- Stormwater 360 endorsed for standalone treatment by DNREC
-- Mich. Land Use Institute reports on brownfield redevelopment
-- TWDB winter newsletter focuses on brackish groundwater desalination
-- WorldWater & Power expands senior management team
-- PENNVEST approves $31 million for water projects
-- DuPont commits to aggressive PFOA emissions reduction program announced by EPA
-- CH2M Hill to build 514-MW power plant for Sierra Pacific Power
-- Hexion Specialty Chemicals to acquire wax compounds business from Rohm & Haas
-- Enviro Voraxial Technology enters food processing equipment market
-- Dairy pollution solutions emerge for San Joaquin Valley
-- AmerenUE begins adding alum to remove suspended clay from Black River
-- American Pacific Corp. hires new VP of R&D
-- Schwarzenegger's Strategic Growth Plan for flood prevention, water quality outlined
-- AMTROL Inc. appoints new CEO, CFO

Flood gates, temporary pumps planned for New Orleans outfall canals
NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 25, 2006 -- Engineers from the City of New Orleans, Jefferson Parish and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to install temporary flood gates at the ends of the City's three outfall canals in time for the start of the hurricane season in June, the Corps announced Jan. 12.

The gates will remain open unless a storm surge in Lake Pontchartrain threatens the canals. The Corps of Engineers will close the gates only until the threat of a storm surge passes. Engineers will also install temporary pumps at the gates to remove storm water from the canals during gate closure.

"We've been working with the parishes over the last several weeks to find a way to increase New Orleans' hurricane protection before June," said Colonel Lewis Setliff, III, the commander of the Corps' Task Force Guardian, the group responsible for restoring the damaged hurricane protection system.

"We all agree that the only way to protect the people who live behind their levees is to keep the surge out of the canals," he added. "We know that the gates will do that. While we're still analyzing exactly why the levees failed, we know that they can't provide the level of protection the people of New Orleans need."

President George W. Bush has called for building permanent pumping stations at the ends of the canals to increase the city's hurricane protection. The Army Corps of Engineers is studying ways to meet that call and plan to release their recommendations in the fall of 2007. If permanent pump stations are constructed, the Corps will remove the interim gates and pumps.

Each interim gate will cost between $20 and $35 million dollars and take five months to construct.

"If we have another storm like Katrina, the temporary pumps will not be able to keep up with the city's need to remove storm water, and there will be some flooding," Setliff explained. He added that the current permanent pump stations would also be unable to keep the city dry during a Katrina-level storm. New Orleans' current pump stations can remove up to 10,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) under ideal conditions. On average, they can handle about 5,000 cfs because high lake levels restrict outflow. Initially, the temporary pumps will be able to remove 1,000 cfs, but they will be upgraded them over a period of time to handle up to 3,000 cfs.

Also see:
-- "Parish, Corps to present Plaquemines levee enlargement plans"
-- "Investigators collect samples at breach site"
-- "New Orleans closes in on hurricane protection"
-- "Flood gates, temporary pumps planned for outfall canals"
-- "Corps advertises first canal closure structure and pumps"


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