A $695 million federal contract -- the largest in the history of the Army Corps of Engineers -- has been awarded to Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure of Baton Rouge, La. Shaw will build a floodgate-type barrier to prevent the sort of storm surge that entered New Orleans' Inner Harbor Navigation Canal during Hurricane Katrina, flooding much of the city. "The IHNC surge barrier is a key element in the overall 100-year level of protection for the greater New Orleans area," says Karen Durham-Aguilera, a director with the Corps.

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