At the last Tulane Engineering Forum, Dr. John Lopez gave this presentation on our current level of protection. He concentrated on what HAS been done, instead of what has been AUTHORIZED to do.
Keep in mind, this was presented to more than 100 engineers from all sorts of companies all over Southeast Louisiana. He spoke in between Thomas Jackson, the highly respected head of the Eastern Regional Levee Board, and 2 bigwigs from the Corps. This isn't a "fluff" presentation meant for the sheeple (just wanted an excuse to use that word).
Dr. Lopez used this graphic to visually represent the states of the various protection layers of the city:
Above the line represents improvement. Below the line is deterioration. The line is equal to pre-Katrina levels. The graphic at the bottom represents the various lines.
Here are his results:
Take a long look at that graphic. That's what's protecting this city. Did the Corps representatives raise any objections to the presentation? No, they applauded.
Next time someone says we're "better than we were pre-Katrina," remember that graphic.