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January 28, 2020
Protecting our People, Our Property and Our Way of Life
Project Spotlight: Morganza to the Gulf Hurricane Protection System
Federal Government Commits $1.25 Million to Update Morganza Design
At the urging of Louisiana Congressmen Steve Scalise and Garret Graves and our local levee districts, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget has agreed to a request made by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for re-programing $1.25 million of its funds to update economic analysis and complete the design of the Morganza to the Gulf (MTG) Hurricane Protection Project. This effort is to reflect the construction progress made by local levee districts and the State along with adapting their criteria based on our construction techniques and design.

The revision will include a more efficient design of levees in the MTG system and is expected to substantially reduce the overall cost of the federally authorized levee, floodgate and lock project. The cost reduction should put our community in a better position to get federal funding to complete the construction of MTG.

"These funds will be used to help update the project from an unaffordable $14 billion to more realistic figures," the Congressmen said in a joint statement.

Last year, the USACE re-evaluated the MTG project and lowered its preliminary estimated cost for construction to $3-$6 billion. So far, the federal government has not spent any money on MTG construction, while over $450 million in state and local funds have been spent to date, with an additional $500 million planned for upcoming work.

North Lafourche Levee District is a member of the Morganza Action Coalition , a grass-roots organization advocating for federal support of MTG to protect our homes and businesses in Terrebonne and Lafourche.
Permit Application for Lockport to Larose Reach 4 Submitted
Delta Coast Consultants is now designing the alignment of the Lockport to Larose segment of the Morganza to the Gulf Hurricane Protection System within the North Lafourche Levee District and has filed the permit application for Reach 4 of this Lafourche Parish segment. Other permit applications will follow once alignment and other requirements are complete.

The NLLD is also working with GIS Engineering on a project within Reach 2 of the Lockport to Larose segment that will not require a permit.

"Having Morganza to the Gulf in our District is crucial to providing full protection in our tri-parish region and connecting to the St. Charles Parish protection system," explains NLLD Executive Director Dwayne Bourgeois.
Grand Bayou Floodgate Moves Closer
to Construction
GIS Engineering has been selected as Construction Manager for the Grand Bayou Floodgate, a key component of the Morganza to the Gulf Hurricane Protection Project between Reaches K near Pointe aux Chenes and Reach L near Larose in Lafourche Parish. Construction of the floodgate is expected to go out to bid this spring.

Construction is expected to cost about $18.5 million, which will be funded by the LA Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority from GOMESA offshore royalty revenue. The Grand Bayou Floodgate and the adjacent K and L levees will have a very positive impact on surge protection and drainage on the west side of Bayou Lafourche as Grand Bayou is a large source of storm water in that area.
Congress Extends NFIP

Congress passed a continuing resolution in late 2019 extending the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) until September 30, 2020, providing local home and business owners with continued flood insurance coverage.

For several years, the NLLD has been a local leader in calling for reform to the NFIP to ensure its sustainability and protect local property owners from being "priced out" of coverage. The recent extension does contain some improved provisions, but NLLD and State officials will continue to work with leaders on Capitol Hill to implement long-term NFIP reform.
UPCOMING NLLD MEETINGS
TODAY
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Location: NLLD Office
3862 Highway 1 in Raceland

5:15 PM
Finance and Priority Committee

5:30 PM (or immediately following F&P)
Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners



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2020 Board of Commissioners

Cory Kief, President
Timothy Allen, Vice President
Kenney Matherne, Sec/Treas
Louis Andolsek, Jr.
Rodney Foret
Percy Gasery, Jr.
Darcy Kiffe
Adley Peltier
Elmo "Jay" Pitre, III
Robert Pitre
Susan Testroet-Bergeron

Who We Are:

Dwayne Bourgeois
Executive Director

Katie DeRoche
Executive Assistant

Madonna Viguerie
Administrative Assistant

Arthur Ostheimer
Project Manager

Glenn Bourgeois
Field Coordinator

Peggy Boudwin
Office Assistant
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About the NLLD
The North Lafourche Conservation, Levee, and Drainage District (known as NLLD) was formed in 1992 to provide drainage and flood protection services for the northern portion of Lafourche Parish, including the entire parish north of the Intracoastal Canal.   The District includes over 250 miles of levees and drainage canals, and over 40 pump stations.