i represent noaa. the mantra is just one of 15 sanctuaries in the national marine system. this is 600,000 square miles from washington state to the florida keys and from lake huron to american samoa. the monitor national marine sanctuary is off the coast. here's other representations of our sanctuary is located 16 miles a coast of cape hatteras and north carolina and 230 feet of water with the labrador in the -- current collide so it's not only challenging to it environment to work in it's the most -- so we are proud to be working with the uss monitor. basically the union ironclad was the first of its kind prototype designed specifically for estuary harbor warfare to fight the uss virginia during the civil war concedes a strange looking vessel. these are the days of cannonball and canon fire and it would stay low to the water not giving much for the enemy to hit. that strange square box that you see to the right side and that rotating gun turret n gun turret is the first working gun turret in the history of the world and the first time it was employed. here it is in the wa
according to estimates by noaa, you discussed our country invested $14.5 billion to reduce flood risk in new orleans. you used the term invested rather than obligated because investment in infrastructure is truly an investment especially one for the system that protected new orleans, which saves this country money and more importantly saves lives. do you believe the american people received a good return on that investment? if so, why? >> thank you for that question. certainly, it was a great investment. i was able to visit colonel murphy a week after the storm hit and i was expecting to stay in mobile or in baton rouge. one week after the storm hit, the amazing city of new orleans was back on its feet and it would not have been back on its feet if it was not for that investment. >> very good. >> colonel murphy. >> in your opening statement you talked about the team effort between the federal, state and local government, tribal and levee boards to address the issues caused by ida. in your opinion, how much does it help the corps when they are able to lean on their nonfederal sponsors?
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