Current Activities

 

The Morganza Action Coalition is a grassroots, 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization advocating for authorization, funding, and complete construction of the Morganza to the Gulf hurricane protection project in Terrebonne and Lafourche Parish.

MAC works closely with the Terrebonne Levee & Conservation District as well as the Terrebonne Parish President in our pursuit for comprehensive hurricane protection.

To this end, we work daily to:

  • communicate with federal officials as we push for federal authorization and funding for the Morganza project
  • ensure that the Morganza project is included in federal and state coastal protection and restoration plans
  • educate Americans about the value of our region and need for federally funded hurricane protection
  • help clear federal regulatory hurdles for the levee project
  • support the Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District (TLCD) and the Terrebonne Parish Government as they move forward with local construction of the first lift of the Morganza system.

 

MAC POSITION PAPER ON WRDA ISSUES - June 2016

Morganza Update June 2015

2013 MAC Annual Report

 

Efforts and accomplishments include:

Congressional Authorization of Morganza in WRDA

  • MAC continues to push for  federal authorization of Morganza, as this will provide a streamlined federal permitting process for the project, allowing us to spend our own dollars to build levees more efficiently.

  • In 2013 alone, MAC made 8 trips to Washington DC consisting of 90 meetings with Louisiana’s Congressional delegation, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Office of Management and Budget and key Congressional members who serve on the Committees with jurisdiction over the water resources bill.  

  • MAC engages the a federal government relations consultant in order to have a full-time presence in Washington DC as MTG makes its way through the federal authorization process. 

  • Thanks to our Louisiana Delegation and MAC efforts, Morganza to the Gulf (MTG) was fully authorized in the U.S. Senate’s version of the Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA) bill.  While the original House version of WRDA does not include MTG,  aConference Committee is currently negotiating the House and the Senate versions of the WRDA Bill. U.S. Senator David Vitter plays a key role on that Committee and has indicated that MTG is his priority.

  • In 2014, MAC will focus on meeting with House members who serve on the Conference Committee to ensure that MTG is in the Conference Report and ultimately authorized in the final passage of the WRDA bill. 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Post-Authorization Change (PAC) Report

  • A Post-Authorization Change (PAC) study was initiated by the USACE in 2008 to analyze the impacts of revised levee construction standards on the previously authorized Morganza system. The standards were revised following Hurricane Katrina.
  • In May 2011, with the assistance of Senator David Vitter, MAC secured $3.5 million for completion of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) PAC Report.
  • In 2013, MAC focused pushed for the completion of the MTG Corps of Engineers’ PAC report, the subsequent Chief’s Report, the signed Record of Decision (ROD) and ultimately the project’s federal authorization.  The PAC report was completed in June and the Chief’s report was signed shortly thereafter.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signed the Record of Decision (ROD) in early December, which marked the first ROD ever signed for the Morganza to the Gulf project.  

Mitigation Policy

  • MAC has engaged in discussions with the USACE on the Modified Charleston Method (MCM), a proposed mitigation policy in the New Orleans District that could exponentially increase the cost to mitigate for hurricane protection projects like Morganza. Without a reasonable alternative, the MCM could drive mitigation costs higher than the cost for actual construction of the levee system.
  • As a result of this effort, revisions to MCM were made in 2013 so that the policy woudl not negatively impact MTG.

Lock Design Funding

  • MAC and the TLCD have requested that the State of Louisiana allocate up to $8 million in NRDA funding, when it becomes available, to complete design of the proposed lock on the Houma Navigation Canal, a key environmental component of the Morganza system. This would allow additional funds to be applied toward lock construction as soon as possible.

Louisiana Master Plan for Coastal Protection and Restoration

  • MAC ensured that the Morganza to the Gulf project was included in the 2012 update to Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan.

Policy & Regulatory Development

  • MAC remains engaged in the BP Oil Spill restoration funding process to ensure Morganza to the Gulf is in the State’s plan of priority projects for available oil spill receovery funds.
  • MAC is working with our Congressional delegation on Corps policies, including mitigation policy, that is best suited for levee protection projects in South Louisiana.
  • MAC representatives attend various state and local meetings, such as CPRA, to ensure Morganza to the Gulf remains a top priority for the State and our region.

Education and Outreach

  • MAC informs and educates local residents and business owners of the need for Morganza in order to garner continued support for the project.  Outreach activities include presentations to community organizations and an updated web site.  In 2013 MAC initiated an ENewsletter, produced a new educational brochure and had numerous articles in local publications.
  • MAC continues to educate state and federal officials regarding the need for the project and pursue opportunities for funding.
  • MAC educates Americans throughout the country about the value of our region and the need for a federally authorized hurricane protection project.
  • Outreach activities include presentations to community organizations, web site, project brochure, articles and advertising in local publications, electronic newsletters, and a membership campaign.

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