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.