Science  02 Jun 2006:
Vol. 312, Issue 5778, pp. 1307c
DOI: 10.1126/science.312.5778.1307c

“We need to put the engineering back into the Army Corps of Engineers.”

—Robert Bea, a civil engineering professor at the University of California, Berkeley, releasing the findings of a National Science Foundation-funded study last week on why the levees in New Orleans collapsed during last summer's devastating Hurricane Katrina. The study cites technical and institutional problems within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which was responsible for building and maintaining the levees.

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