December 20 , 2017

Morganza Minute
News from the Morganza Action Coalition

MAC Scores Win in Washington
MAC's outreach efforts on Capitol Hill will help to reduce delays and construction costs for levee projects like Morganza to the Gulf.

U.S. Capitol

MAC  intensified its advocacy work in Washington, D.C. in 2017 as we pushed behind the scenes, with the help of our Congressional delegation, for legislative action and federal policies that will help us achieve the levee protection that our community needs and deserves.  

Thanks to the efforts of Congressman Garret Graves, our group achieved an important victory this month with an amendment made to the proposed Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act (HR 220).  MAC and Congressman Graves developed language for that bill that would prevent essential fish habit from being used by the Department of Commerce to delay and increase the costs of projects in coastal Louisiana like the  Morganza to the Gulf Hurricane Protection Project.

Trying to limit fish habitat regulations is extremely difficult, but the merits of coastal protection prevailed. On December 13, the House Committee on Natural Resources voted 35-4, with the largest bi-partisan margin of any amendment considered today, to approve the Graves Amendment. Ultimately, HR 200 was reported favorably out of committee and will be considered by the full House in 2018.

"We are grateful to Congressman Graves and our entire delegation for all of their hard work advancing issues like this that will make a huge impact in our ability to build the strongest Morganza to the Gulf system as we can as efficiently as possible," says MAC President Jay Walker.
 "Ultimately, though, it is the support of our MAC members who make our efforts in Washington possible and we thank all of you for your investment in MAC's work."

Coastal Plan Meeting In Houma on January 9

The LA Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority will hold a public meeting January 9 at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center to give local residents the opportunity review and comment on the
Fiscal Year 2019 Coastal Annual Plan.

The plan for the next fiscal year, which runs from July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019, includes Lafourche and Terrebonne projects like the Cut Off - Pointe-aux-Chenes Levee and the Morganza to the Gulf Hurricane Protection System.  

The Annual Plan also includes short-term protection and restoration projects, anticipated revenue sources and spending for the next three years. The 2019 Annual Plan follows the LA Coastal Master Plan that was approved earlier this year.

The Houma Navigational Canal Lock is one project in the 
 LA Coastal Master Plan.
MAC Hosts USACE General for Coastal Tour

MAC representatives, including officials from the Terrebonne, North Lafourche and South Lafourche Levee Districts, had the opportunity to show Major General Richard G. Kaiser, Commander of the Mississippi Valley Division of the Army Corps of Engineers, around our coast on December 4 and 5.

The group toured critical coastal protection projects in Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes, including levee segments and floodgates of the Morganza to the Gulf Project, for an up-close look at what has been built, what still needs to built, and why protection of our area is so critical. Other USACE officials participating included Colonel Michael Clancy and Mark Wingate from the New Orleans District.

Video on Demand
Watch our Levee Districts on "Going Public" from your computer.

July 25, 2017 - South Lafourche Levee District

August 22, 2017 - North Lafourche Levee District

October 24, 2017 - South Lafourche Levee District

November 28, 2017 - North Lafourche Levee District

COMING UP:  December 26, 2017 at 6:45 pm
Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District's Reggie Dupre, SLLD's Windell Curole and NLLD's Dwayne Bourgeois with a recap of levee district and MAC activities in 2017.  

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

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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.