June 18, 2019
Morganza Minute
News from the Morganza Action Coalition       Like us on Facebook    Follow us on Twitter


MAC appreciates all of your work to secure funding and to advance Morganza to the Gulf and other 
l ocal  flood protection projects. 
Your support has been critical to building and improving our levee systems, and your leadership helps ensure the protection of Terrebonne and Lafourche residents, businesses and our unique way of life.
Coastal Day is June 19!

MAC invites you to join us for Terrebonne Parish Coastal Day 
tomorrow, Wednesday, June 19 from 3:00 - 8:00 pm at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center.

The free event features interactive exhibits of the area's flood risk reduction and coastal restoration projects, and panel discussions on topics such as levees and floodgates, structure elevations and marsh/barrier island restoration.

Representatives of the Terrebonne, North Lafourche and South Lafourche levee districts will be present, as well as local and state agencies, advocacy groups and businesses involved in coastal activities. 

We hope to see you there!

CPRA to Hold Meeting in Houma
Wednesday, June 19
9:30 a.m.
Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center
346 Civic Center Blvd.
Open to the general public!

State Commits $23.5 Million for Local Floodgate and Levee Projects

The state will pay $18.5 million to construct the Grand Bayou Floodgate between eastern Terrebonne and northern Lafourche, Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) Board Chairman Chip Kline announced in April.

The floodgate will fill the largest gap in the Morganza to the Gulf Hurricane Protection System between Reaches K and L and link the Terrebonne and Lafourche parish levee systems. The floodgate is expected to be complete before the 2021 hurricane season. CPRA's investment is provided through the state's share of  Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) funds.  

"Morganza Action Coalition is grateful to Governor John Bel Edwards and his executive assistant for coastal activities, Chip Kline, for their continued support of the Morganza to the Gulf levee system,"  said MAC President Jay Walker.

The state has also committed  $5 million to the South Lafourche Levee District for improvements to the Larose to Golden Meadow levee system.  

"So why does CPRA keep investing in this region, why do you as locals, keep taxing yourselves and investing in this region,  why does industry continue to invest in this region?  It's because this region matter.  It matters to our state, it matters to the Gulf Coast and it matters to our country as a whole," Kline explained at a meeting of the South Central Industrial Association on April 16.

Julia Arenstam, HoumaToday.com

Dupre Honored by South LA Wetlands Discovery Center
TLCD Executive Director Reggie Dupre
Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District Executive Director Reggie Dupre was presented  the 2019 John W. Woodard Award at the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center Rougarou Ball on May 4.

The award honors  Dupre for his years of  service  to the preservation and restoration of coastal Louisiana. 

Congratulations, Reggie!

LA Coastal Chief: Morganza to the Gulf is Most Effective Flood Protection Project

CPRA Board Chairman Chip Kline
LA CPRA Board Chairman and Executive Assistant to the Governor of Louisiana for Coastal Activities Chip Kline testified at a U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing May 8 on the U.S. Corps of Engineers' Civil Works Program.

In his testimony, Kline recognized the Morganza to the Gulf Hurricane Protection Project as the "single most effective flood control project" identified in the state's Coastal Master Plan.

"Morganza to the Gulf has been supported by the State with over $210 million in funding and by the locals with $234 million in funding. It has not received a single dime for construction funding from the federal government," Kline said.

He called on the federal government to support Louisiana's proactive approach to coastal protection and restoration, and to arm the Corps with resources to carry out that mission.   READ FULL TESTIMONY HERE.
MAC In The Community

MAC was well represented at the Association of Levee Boards of Louisiana Workshop on May 2 in Baton Rouge.  President Jay Walker and managing associate Melissa Cloutet manned the MAC booth, while representatives of our local levee districts attended meetings and presentations with other levee boards across the state. 

MAC President Jay Walker attended "Conservation on Tap," hosted by Vanishing Paradise and Restore or Retreat on April 11. State Representative Jerome Zeringue and LA CPRA staff provided updates on restoration efforts in our Bayou Region.

Local Levee Directors on HTV's Going Public

March 26, 2019
Reggie Dupre of the Terrebonne Levee District and Jeffrey Pena of APTIM Coastal, Inc. discuss the HNC Lock Complex

April 23, 2019
Windell Curole of the South Lafourche Levee District discusses Morganza to the Gulf in Lafourche Parish and South Lafourche Highway 1 Project elevation and floodwall

May 28, 2019
Dwayne Bourgeois, Cory Kief and Katie Deroche from the North Lafourche Levee District discuss the National Flood Insurance Program and preparations for the upcoming hurricane season

Videos of all shows can be viewed here:  https://www.htv10.tv/going-public


     All in Logo
Your membership contribution to MAC helps to sustain our federal lobbying efforts and strengthen MAC's public outreach. Your contribution makes our call for support of Morganza and other flood protection projects in our area even LOUDER!
small MAC logo
The Morganza Action Coalition is a 501(c)(4) corporation founded in 2006 by Terrebonne Parish residents and business leaders who recognize the importance of the Morganza-to-the-Gulf Hurricane Protection System to the continued survivability, economic viability and growth of our region. Today, MAC advocates for comprehensive levee protection for Terrebonne & Lafourche Parishes. 

All in Logo
MAC relies on financial contributions from local businesses and individuals to support these advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C. and in Baton Rouge, as well as to fund outreach and communication activities to gain public support for the Morganza to the Gulf Hurricane Protection System and levee projects in North and South Lafourche.