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USGS Scientists Featured in National News Segment on Investigating Broken Levees in New Orleans

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Brian Collins and Robert Kayen at the breach of the 17th Street Canal levee, New Orleans
Above: Brian Collins (left) and Robert Kayen at the breach of the 17th Street Canal levee, New Orleans. The LIDAR scanner is set up to image the water-scour pond and temporary-repair levee. Photograph by Lee Wooten, GEI Consultants, Inc. [larger version]

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) researchers Robert Kayen and Brian Collins were among the experts featured in a 10-minute television news feature about a multiagency investigation of the New Orleans levee failures after Hurricane Katrina. The segment aired on October 20, 2005, on the "News Hour with Jim Lehrer," a national Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) news program.

Kayen is a research civil engineer in the USGS Western Coastal and Marine Geology Team (WCMG) whose professional interests include geotechnical earthquake engineering and slope stability. Collins recently joined WCMG as a USGS Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow, having completed a Ph.D. in geotechnical engineering and engineering geology at the University of California, Berkeley. The two scientists, stationed in Menlo Park, CA, worked in New Orleans from October 9 to 15 as part of a National Science Foundation investigative team brought in at the request of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct an independent review of the levee system's design and performance.

A transcript, photographs, and links to video and audio files of the television feature, called "Investigating Broken Levees," are available online.

The multiagency team's preliminary report is available as a 14.1 MB PDF file at URL http://hsgac.senate.gov/_files/Katrina/Preliminary_Report.pdf.


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