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Levee Repair Controversy (1996)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Vicksburg, Mississippi, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1996-11-15

Duration: 00:11:21

Subjects: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers | MISSISSIPPI RIVER | LEVEES | Environment


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Duhe, Jeff Reporter
  • Robertson, Mike Interviewee
  • Smith, Roy Interviewee
  • Walker, Natalie Interviewee


This segment from the November 15, 1996, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Jeff Duhe’s report on the United States Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to repair the Mississippi River levees for the first time in 30 years. Duhe reports that a lawsuit has been filed by environmentalists due to concerns about the dirt being used to raise the levees and the potential permanent loss of wetlands. He interviews: Mike Robertson, historian of water management; Roy Smith, senior engineer; and Natalie Walker, attorney for the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund. Host: Robert Collins