Today, it's almost impossible to say "Army Corps of Engineers" without also saying "Hurricane Katrina" and "levee failure," or "Yazoo Pump" and "boondoggle." But the corps' original mandate made no mention of hurricane and flood protection, or even of the Mississippi River. An Army Corps survey crew in 1916. Photo: history.nasa.gov In 1802, Congress established the Army Corps of Engineers as the nation's design and construction crew. The country was barely a quarter-century past the Revolutionary War -- where the first iteration of the corps had been assembled on the battlefield -- and it needed a steady supply of engineers …
Get Grist in Your Inbox
Millions alive today would have to die before the paleo diet could take over
Washington state just lopped up to $2,500 off the cost of solar panels. Here’s how.
Goodbye, everyone! A massive hole has opened at the End of the World
Lay off the almond milk, you ignorant hipsters
Nestlé doesn’t want you to know how much water it’s bottling from the California desert