|Day of the Dead decoration on the neutral ground by the Healing Center|
Anba Dlo in Kreyol (apparently the Haitian Creole language) means "from beneath the waters." The event planners stated: "Our city's long held paradigm has been to build walls and pump out every drop of water that falls.
Several presenters shared their perspectives on improved water management. Dr. Denise Reed, Ph.D., research professor at UNO, described a plan to shorten the outlet from the port of New Orleans to the Gulf by creating a canal that would go directly south. The reasons to do this are two-fold. Apparently, ships need to carry even heavier cargo into New Orleans to remain competitive. Thus, the channels have to be 50-feet deep not 45-feet. The 100-mile trip down the Mississippi to the Gulf makes dredging another 5 feet a big task - way bigger than is necessary to deepen ports in Gulfport, Miss., or Miami, which are right on the water. New Orleans loses the trade if it doesn't meet the requirements. That's pretty convincing.
The problem is (always) getting Congress to appropriate the funds. I believe she said $50 million - a drop in the bucket - pardon the pun.
Louisiana is just not a national priority, however. And, as journalist Bob Marshall pointed out earlier that day, the country has Katrina fatigue. Americans are tired of hearing about Louisiana's problems and don't recognize the economic importance that the Mississippi holds to the entire United States.
I've presented the statistics in earlier posts. The Mississippi is the world's sixth largest river. Most of the central United States depends on the port in one way or another for imports and exports. Not to mention the seafood. Everyone should have a reason to care.
Marshall said, tell your friends. Do a grassroots thing. I sincerely doubt that will work, but I am telling you now. Call your representative in Congress.