Oh Blast and Dam !

TitleOh Blast and Dam !
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsConnolly, P, Althaus, RA, Brinkman, A, Skipper, RB
Corporate AuthorsAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics,
Date Published03/2012
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsCivil , CIVIL engineering , ENGINEERING , Government , Government Ethics , PUBLIC , Public Policy , public safety
AbstractIn the wake of historic flooding along the Mississippi River in April 2011, the U.S. Army Core of Engineers announced plans to blast a two-mile hole in the Birds Point Levee to prevent flooding in Cairo, an impoverished town of 2,800 people in Illinois along the Mississippi River. On May 1, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to bar the U.S. Corps of Engineers from breaching the levee, as the flood waters would then flood some 130,000 acres of farmland and displace the 230 residents living in the floodway. Early Sunday morning, 2, May, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito rejected the State of Missouri's petition. The next day Major General Michael J. Walsh, President of the Missouri River Commission, gave the order for the Corps to set off the first blasts, causing water to rush into the floodway. In the aftermath of the Corps' decision to destroy the levee, debate has centered on the accountability of those in position to decide the course of the river, including who, in fact, had the final authority to destroy the Birds Point Levee.
NotesCase study from the March 1, 2012 APPE Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Copyright, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 2012. http://www.indiana.edu/~appe/ethicsbowl.html
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