December 11, 2018
Morganza Minute
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Water Act Is Expected to Speed Up Levee Projects
Now it's time to "Show Us the Money!"
President  Donald Trump signed America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 into law in October, which includes  reforms to reduce the red tape  involved in permitting, building and mitigating for water control projects like Morganza to the Gulf.

With the elimination of redundant  permitting and an expected reduction in costs, l evee projects should be completed sooner, providing the protection that our communities deserve. MAC and members of our Louisiana Congressional delegation have been championing key reforms like these for years.

What we desperately  need now is federally funding to complete and maintain the federally-authorized Morganza system.

"Our concern moving forward still remains that not a single federal dollar has been appropriated to the 98-mile project and it has been entirely funded so far by local and state dollars," said  MAC President Jay Walker.  

"If we are serious about long-term comprehensive flood protection for south Louisiana then it is time for the federal government to pay their fair share, especially considering the oil and gas and fisheries contributions our region provides to this nation." 

Falgout Canal Floodgate Scheduled for Completion in April

Flood side of the Falgout Canal Gate Structure

Construction of the $35.6 million, 180-foot long 
Falgout Canal Floodgate in Dularge
pictured  above is nearing completion at Bollinger Shipyards in Amelia and is  expected to be completed  by April 2019.  

This project is funded with $13.8 million from the State of Louisiana, $16.8 million from Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government, and $5 million from the Terrebonne Levee District, all made possible by taxpayers. 

Construction is also underway on the floodgate infrastructure in Falgout Canal, pictured below. Photos courtesy of GIS Engineering, LLC.

Falgout Canal Receiving Structure looking toward the southeast

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Local Levee Leaders Meet with Corps Officials

MAC thanks  Congressman Garret Graves for organizing and facilitating a meeting between our local levee district leaders and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  in Washington, D.C. on November 14.

Pictured from left: Maj. General Kaiser, Colonel Michael Clancy, Mark Wingate, James Bodron, Edward Belk, Dwayne Bourgeois, Rep. Graves, Director of Civil Works James Dalton, Tony Alford, Capt. Justin Lefor, Mitch Marmande, and Reggie Dupre.  House Minority Whip Congressman Steve Scalise also stopped by.

MAC In Our Community

Thanks to the South Central Industrial Association 
for your generous contribution that will help fund MAC's efforts 
to protect the citizens of Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes. 
MAC President Jay Walker accepted the donation from SCIA Board
President Paul Danos at the association's  luncheon on November 27.

MAC President Jay Walker and Board member Jack Moore
(left photo above) greeted visitors at the MAC booth at the Rougarou Festival in downtown Houma on October 20. Later that day, the Rougarou Queen (right photo above) paid a visit to the MAC booth too!

South Lafourche Levee District's
Windell Curole, Terrebonne Levee District's  Reggie Dupre, Terrebonne Parish President  Gordy Dove and North Lafourche Levee District's
Dwayne Bourgeois gave updates on our region's levee and flood protection efforts to the  Bayou Area Regional Recovery (BARR)  group on September 26 at the Joseph L. Waitz Emergency Operations Center in Gray.

In the News

North Lafourche Levee District Executive  Director  Dwayne Bourgeois discussed the Morganza to the Gulf levee  system  on the November 27 edition of "Going Public" on HTV.

Keith Magill,, October 27, 2018


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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.