I created a page for this week’s assignment, Drawing the Lines. We can add our final maps to the page once we have completed them.

The City of Biloxi put up a site today with aerial photos taken on February 6, 2008.

FEMA has an online course addressing mitigation through flood plain management.  Also, the Institute for Hazards Mitigation Planning & Research at University of Washington’s College of Architecture & Urban Planning has a pretty extensive links page.

I’ve created a page for the work you all produced this week.  Please upload your images and a brief description when you have a chance.  The page is here.

A federal court today ruled the Army Corps of Engineers is not liable for flooding due to levee failure in New Orleans.  “The judge, Stanwood R. Duval Jr. of the Federal District Court here, a son of South Louisiana, heartily seconded that notion on Wednesday, suggesting that the corps was guilty of “gross incompetence.” But Judge Duval said he was powerless to rule favorably on the lawsuit because the Flood Control Act of 1928 granted legal immunity to the government in the event of failure of flood control projects like levees.”  More at the New York Times.

Per our discussion today, here’s a story on NPR about the Dutch response to climate change concerns.  Technology Review (free registration required) also covered this topic last year, specifically addressing Hurricane Katrina in their story.

Artist/architect Marjetica Potrč worked on a project in New Orleans last year relating to water and wetlands in the future of the city. She is interviewed in the January issue of Metropolis about her work, which is part of an exhibit at the Contemporary Arts Center until March 23rd.

Here is a schedule for this week, annotated with contact information for each of the speakers we have been meeting with.

At long last, a syllabus for the semester.

The federal government approved Mississippi’s request to divert $600 million of their $5.5 billion CDBG funds to port expansion in Gulfport. Meanwhile, 35,000+ people are still in FEMA trailers. (MSNBC; NBC6)