December 16th in Washington, D.C., Dr. Ivor van Heerdon of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge was presented the Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage. The Callaway Award is presented annually by The Shafeek Nader Trust for the Community Interest recognizing individuals who take a public stance to advance truth and justice, at some personal risk. Soon, Dr. van Heerdon will be dismissed from LSU. Though he was not given a specific reason for dismissal, many believe it is because of his investigations to the levee failures and his out spoken book, The Storm, after the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe. He warned for many years that a disaster, such as occurred with Hurricane Katrina, could one day effect the city of New Orleans. Recently, he testified in the trial of Robinson vs the USACE on the failure of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO) levees in which federal Judge Duvall ruled that the US Army Corps of Engineers mismanaged the maintenance of the MRGO and was directly responsible for the flooding of St. Bernard Parish and the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Dr. van Heerdon is the Director for Center for the Study of Public Health Impacts of Hurricanes at LSU and was the Deputy Director of the now defunct LSU Hurricane Center.
For more information: Can New Orleans Be Saved? , Court rules against Corps in MRGO Katrina flooding, MRGO Must Go