February 21, 2019
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Governor Edwards Gets a Birds-Eye View of Morganza Levees and Floodgates

  

Morganza Action Coalition and leaders of the  Terrebonne, North Lafourche South Lafourche levee districts hosted  Governor John Bel Edwards and other state officials for a briefing and flyover tour of the Morganza levee and floodgate system on February 6.
Governor Edwards tours area levee system
Video from February 6 levee tour

"We were delighted to have the Governor and other leaders here to see, first-hand, the work that Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes are doing to protect ourselves and the progress that is being made on this federal project with only local and state dollars," said MAC President Jay Walker. 

"When you see the Gulf at our doorstep and levees as the only barrier between our communities and devastating storm surge, you can't help but believe in our dire need to complete the Morganza system. Seeing is believing!" Walker said.

Also participating in the tour were Terrebonne Parish President Gordon Dove, LA Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Chair Chip Kline, LA Dept. of Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn Wilson, and Office of Community Development Director Pat Forbes.

LA Draft FY 2020 Coastal Plan Includes Funding for Morganza and Local Levee Projects

MAC President Jay Walker attended the January 31 Annual Plan meeting in Houma

The LA CPRA released the draft FY 2020 Coastal Annual Plan in January, 
including over $22 million for Terrebonne and Lafourche levee projects 
made possible from the state's share of federal Gulf of Mexico Energy 
Security  Act (GOMESA) funds. CPRA held a public meeting on the draft plan in Houma on January 31.

Reach L along the easternmost end of Morganza to the Gulf is slated to receive $7.3 million for construction in the plan.  

"MAC greatly appreciates the efforts of CPRA on the Draft Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Plan. Specifically, we applaud the dedication of funds for the western side of Reach L of the Morganza to the Gulf project. We appreciate CPRA's continued support to protect this invaluable region we call home," said MAC President Jay Walker.

CPRA is accepting public comments on the 
Draft FY 2020 Annual Plan through March 9. 
By email to: coastal@la.gov 
By mail to: CPRA, 150 Terrace Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70802 

Dupre Recognized for Protecting Coastal Funds
T errebonne Levee District's Reggie Dupre and Governor John Bel Edwards 
On January 23, Governor John Bel Edwards announced a priority list of levee projects to be constructed with nearly $300 million in GOMESA funds over the next three years. He also paid tribute to a Terrebonne Parish resident whose efforts over a decade ago were instrumental in the day's announcement.

Governor Edwards thanked Terrebonne Levee District Executive Director Reggie Dupre, who, as state senator in 2005, was lead author of the state constitutional amendment that dedicated 100% of all future offshore oil and gas revenues to restoring and protecting Louisiana's coast.

Included in the Governor's GOMESA funding priorities announced in January is $22 million for Terrebonne and Lafourche projects. 

 "This demonstrates the importance of the levee systems in our region and the Morganza to the Gulf project, which protects 150,0000 Terrebonne and Lafourche residents. We are thankful for Governor Edward's steadfast commitment to flood protection projects in our region and appreciate his leadership," MAC President Jay Walker said. 
 
MAC also applauded the appointment of Chip Kline as the Governor's Executive Assistant for Coastal Activities during the January 23 news conference.

"Chip has always been an avid supporter of the levee districts and continues to support and advocate for large scale levee protection for Terrebonne and Lafourche," said Walker.

MAC Meets with Congressional Leaders











MAC Board members Cory Kief and  Marguerite Knight, as well as North Lafourche Levee District Executive Director Dwayne Bourgeois and State Representative Jerome Zeringue  met with key members of Congress and staff during a visit in January.

Congressman Garret Graves (above left) and Senator Bill Cassidy (above right) shared updates on federal flood insurance legislation, efforts to secure federal funding of Morganza, and work to increase Louisiana's share of federal oil and gas royalty revenues for levee and coastal restoration projects.

Reach K Levee Under Construction













Reach K of the Morganza levee system near Pointe-aux-Chenes is under  construction.  Crews are dredging Grand Bayou to build the first lift of the levee.  Photos courtesy of All South Consulting Engineers.
MAC In Our Community

Thank you to former MAC President and Rotarian Sharon Bergeron 
 for inviting Morganza Action Coalition Board member Jack Moore 
 to speak at the Houma Rotary luncheon on January 9!
If your organization is interested in hearing about our work and local levee projects, please contact Melissa Cloutet at  melissa@lorileblancllc.com.

In the News

State plan calls for $783M in coastal projects   
Daily Comet- Julia Arenstam, January 17, 2019 
 
Associated Press- January 23, 2019   
 
Daily Comet- Julia Arenstam, January 25, 2019 
 
Daily Comet- January 27, 2019 
 
Dredging Today- February 7, 2019
 
Daily Comet- February 8, 2019 
 
Daily Comet- Scott Yoshonis, February 6, 2019 

THANK YOU TO OUR MAC MEMBERS!

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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!
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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.