July 10, 2017
Morganza Minute
News from the Morganza Action Coalition

Hundreds Flock to Terrebonne Parish Coastal Day
MAC reps. talk with residents about our push for Terrebonne and Lafourche levee protection and progress on Morganza to the Gulf.

MAC President Jay Walker greets Coastal Day guests at the MAC booth.
Floodgates, levees, barrier islands and wetlands were the talk of the town on June 27 as hundreds of local residents, nonprofit organizations and government agencies gathered at the Houma Civic Center for
Terrebonne Parish Coastal Day.

"It was a tremendous opportunity for us to tell the story of the Morganza Action Coalition , what we do, and the levee projects we are fighting for, as well as to hear our neighbors share their concerns about levee protection and coastal restoration," explains MAC President Jay Walker who represented the organization at the event.  

 "We all love this community we call home and are passionate about making sure it lives on for many, many years to come. I think that's what Coastal Day is all about," he says.

In addition to MAC, exhibitors included the Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District ,  North Lafourche Levee District, and South Lafourche Levee District, which are members of MAC, as well as Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government, CPRA, Restore or Retreat, South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center, and others. Coastal Day also featured a panel of speakers discussing local restoration and protection projects.  
Thank you to Terrebonne Parish Gordon Dove and to all participants for making 2017 Coastal Day a huge success!

Who is MAC?  Check out our new brochure!

Just in time for Coastal Day, MAC published a new brochure detailing our expanded focus, recent achievements, and progress on Morganza to the Gulf.

Coastal Master Plan is Approved
Morganza and other Terrebonne and Lafourche projects are included in state's 50-year restoration and protection plan.

The 2017 Legislative Session ended with very good news for coastal residents like us - the Louisiana Legislature approved the 2017 Coastal Master Plan, clearing the way for an estimated $50 billion in prioritized protection and restoration projects to proceed as state funds become available.  

The 50-year state plan includes the construction levees and floodgates along the Morganza to the Gulf alignment, the Houma Navigation Canal Lock Complex, levee projects in Lafourche, and marsh creation, sediment diversion, and barrier island restoration along the Terrebonne and Lafourche coast. 

Video on Demand
Watch levee district segments of "Going Public" from your computer.

June 27, 2017 - Coastal Day
Segment 1Host Martin Folse interviews Oneil Malbrough and NLLD President Cory Keif during Terrebonne Parish Coastal Day at the Houma Terrebonne Civic Center on Tuesday, June 27.

Segment 2  Folse interviews Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter and TLCD President Tony Alford during Terrebonne Parish Coastal Day at the Houma Terrebonne Civic Center on Tuesday, June 27.

May 23, 2017 - North Lafourche Levee District
Segment 1 - NLLD Executive Director Dwayne Bourgeois and Board Member Joni Tuck discuss current levee and drainage projects.

Segment 2  - Bourgeois and Tuck discuss the National Flood Insurance Program.

April 25, 2017 - South Lafourche  Levee  District
Segment 1 - SLLD President Ronald Callais and Executive Director Windell Curole provide an update on the South Lafourche levee system.

Segment 2 - Callais and Curole continue their discussion about SLLD current projects.


"Going Public" segments featuring the Morganza Action  Coalition and its  participating levee districts are sponsored by: 

Turning Dirt
Local levee projects in  the  news.

June 14, 2017, The Times
"Some of the levee has been raised by as much as five feet. We really don't have any super low areas anymore. We're better today than we were yesterday and that's what we strive for."  - Windell Curole, South Lafourche Levee District

Pointe-aux-Chenes floodgate nears completion
June 8, 2017, DailyComet.com
The $12.5 million floodgate is expected to be fully operational in the next month and completed by about August.

Levee work continues as hurricane season begins
May 31, 2017, DailyComet.com
Hurricane protection has come a long way since last year for Terrebonne Parish, when the Morganza-to-the-Gulf levee system had a few gaps in it between Dularge and Pointe-aux-Chenes.
Now, the levee system is a small section away from filling the openings. The section on Falgout Canal Road has a small gap, said Terrebonne Parish President Gordy Dove, but it is expected to be raised to 12-and-a-half feet by the end of June.

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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. 

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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.