Robert R. M. Verchick was recently quoted in a ThinkProgress story titled 10 Years After Katrina, Will California’s Capital Be The Next New Orleans? The article cites experts who fear an earthquake or violent Pacific superstorm could destroy Sacramento levees and spur a megaflood. Verchick says Sacramento’s aging flood control infrastructure is “a monstrous accident waiting to happen.” A spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District says congress is providing “a steady stream of funds” to finance improvements, there is at least 20 years of construction work to be done.
Verchick currently holds the Gauthier~St. Martin Eminent Scholar Chair in Environmental Law at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, and is also the Faculty Director of Loyola’s Center for Environmental Law. In addition, he is a Senior Fellow in Disaster Resilience Leadership at Tulane University. He is an expert in climate change law, disaster law, and environmental regulation. In 2009 and 2010, he served as Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.