Join us to learn about a significant project that is proposed to widen the Industrial Canal. Filmmakers and members of the organization CAWIC will be screening the documentary Locked, followed by a Q&A. Topics that will be discussed include the history of the Army Corps’ Lock Replacement project, the decades of action that community residents have taken to stop the project, updates on the status on the project and next steps. Please join us.
Local Urban Ecologist Dr. Josh Lewis tells the hundred year history of the Industrial Canal and Lock that dissects the infamous 9th Ward in New Orleans. He describes the wide reaching effects of how we do water transportation in Louisiana and describes how irresponsible urban planning that ignores ecology has lead to repeated catastrophic flooding in the region since 1927.
This history seeks to educate and mobilize the local community and the country around the intersection of industry, ecology, climate change and politics.
Citizens Against Widening the Industrial Canal is a community-based non-profit dedicated to preventing construction of the US Army Corps of Engineers proposal to expand the channel and build a new lock. Its members have worked against the project for 25 years because of the significant negative impact on the City of New Orleans, its people, and surrounding environment.
To connect with CAWIC,
Follow on Facebook: www.facebook.com/CAWIC.L9
For more information about the project:
- Lower Nine faces 13 years of hell if canal project rolls forward – The Lens
- Industrial Canal Could Pose an Existential Threat to the City’s Most Vulnerable Community – Bayou Brief
- Industrial Canal has been a Nightmare for Residents, Opinion by John Koeferl, President of CAWIC – Nola.com
- Lower Ninth Ward is Not on Board – Antigravity Magazine