Thursday, August 18, 2011

Green Government Gone Goofy: Did Fish Trump Flood Control?

And you thought that the massive flooding this summer was a natural disaster, something way beyond anyone's control?

Think again.

It looks like at least some of the ruin, economic damage, and misery is the fault of a U.S. government which would rather manage ducks and fish than dikes and floods.

The evidence seems to point to the Corps [of Engineers] becoming tragically distracted from its essential mission. Flood control has been pushed farther down the list of priorities to make room for eco-system restoration.  While busily pretending to be Mother Nature, chasing the green dream of a river restored to some amorphously defined pre-dam state, the Corps ignored the reality of a leviathan catastrophe.  It appears that we no longer have a Corps of Engineers operating a flood-control system, but rather a fish and wildlife agency that dabbles in flood-control...

Instead, we have a behemoth arm of the federal government so enraptured by ecological fantasy that they spend nearly $73 million a year on restoring fish and bird habitat, and only $6 million annually on flood prevention and control.

Here's more of a detailed, illuminating report from Joe Herring at American Thinker.