F3_6 Infrastructure, Ecology, and Environmental Justice in Louisiana
Organizer: Joshua Lewis (Tulane University)
This field trip brings AAG members to a range of sites in the City of New Orleans and Coastal Louisiana that exemplify the complex range of environmental, political, technological and ethical dilemmas facing the region as it recovers from major disasters and looks towards looming environmental hazards. Much of this work involves projects to rehabilitate aging water infrastructure, and incorporate green infrastructure into vital systems. The risks and benefits tied to these projects are not evenly distributed across social and geographic difference. Sites include the Mirabeau Water Garden, a major green infrastructure site, the Industrial Canal locks, the site of long simmering environmental conflict, a diversion of the Mississippi River that has sparked political contention, and the IHNC storm surge barrier, the largest such structure in the hemisphere.
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