USGS Does The Right Thing, While Corps Doesn’t Share

Aug 29, 2008 by

Dear New Orleanians,

While the Corps of Engineers refuses to give up its storm surge prediction results, other branches of the government are not nearly so stingy.

The U.S. Geological Survey USGS), obviously a far more open, service-oriented organization, is setting up real-time surge level monitors on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain and other places around the New Orleans area starting tomorrow (Aug 30) as Gustav approaches. The public will be able to track what happens in the lake and elsewhere across the metro region in real time.

Not only that, but they are making the data available to the entire world via a super-easy Google Earth interface, available here.

There’s more detail in this USGS press release.

Here’s the USGS’s complete Gustav page.

Meanwhile, here’s the Corps’ online efforts in advance of Gustav, a self-congratulatory newsletter of use to no one.

Great job USACE! That’s far more informative than storm surge predictions…Matt McBride