Project Timeline

 

•1986 – South Terrebonne Tidewater Management & Conservation District was created (now TLCD)
 
•1986-1990 – Local Investigation of Hurricane Protection System begins with USACE suggesting Comprehensive Study and EIS
 
•1992 – USACE led Reconnaissance Study begins (MTG was initiated – 20 years ago)
 
•1992 – Hurricane Andrew floods project area
 
•1995 – USACE begins Feasibility Study with 50/50 cost share with the State
 
•1998 – USACE instructed to begin advance design of the HNC Lock (PL 105-62)
 
•2000 – Morganza to the Gulf receives Authorization in Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA) contingent upon a signed Chief’s Report by December 2000 (December deadline not met by USACE)
 
•2001 – Local sales tax passes and currently generates approximately $6 Million per year for construction of Morganza
 
•2001 – Tropical Storm Allyson floods project area
 
•2002 – USACE Feasibility Report completed and submitted to Congress for action
 
•2002 – Morganza Project Cost  updated for WRDA by USACE
 
•2003 – Hurricane Lili and Tropical Storm Bill flood the project area
 
•2004 – No WRDA Bill passes; Project Cost updated again by USACE; however, Reach J-1 of Morganza is authorized by Congress
 
•2005 – Hurricanes Katrina and Rita flood project area
 
•2006 – Again, Project Cost is updated for WRDA
 
•2006 – Construction of Reach J-1 initiated with $18 Million State and Local dollars, beginning state and local efforts for construction of Morganza-to-the-Gulf
 
•2007 – Project Cost updated for WRDA by USACE

•2007 – September, Morganza is authorized for construction

•2007 – December, USACE informs the local sponsor that the Project Cost has exceeded the authorized limit and Morganza must be reevaluated.

•2008 – February, USACE stops environmental and design work on HNC Lock pending completion of the reevaluation.

•2008 – June, State of Louisiana dedicates $98 Million to Morganza, combined with other local funding totaling $130 Million for Morganza construction, Non-federal dollars

•2008 – September, Hurricanes Gustav and Ike flood the project area

•2009 – Construction begins on Reach H-3 for $7.2 Million State funding

•2009 – August, USACE Post-Authorization Change Study begins and is scheduled for completion in December 2012

•2009 – Present – TLCD commences construction and/or permitting for Reaches H-2, H-1, G-1, G-2, J-2, J-3, E, F,  Bush Canal Floodgate, Placid Canal Floodgate, Bayou Grand Caillou Floodgate, HNC Floodgate all with Non-federal dollars

•December 2012 - Voters in Terrebonne Parish overwhelming approve an additional half-cent sales tax for local completion of the first lift of levees and floodgates along the Morganza alignment.

•May 2013 - U.S. Senate approves 2013 WRDA bill, including re-authorization of Morganza-to-the-Gulf at $10.3 billion.

•May 2013 - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Senior Review Panel releases the project's final draft Post-Authorization Change (PAC) Report for federal and state agency comment.

•July 11, 2013 - USACE signs off on Chief's Report for the Morganza-to-the-Gulf Hurricane Protection Project. A 120-day mandated review period by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works and the Office of Management and Budget begins.

•December 9, 2013 - Record of Decision released, signaling final approval of project by the Obama Administration.

•May 22, 2014 - U.S. Congress authorizes the federal Morganza-to-the-Gulf Hurricane Protection Project as part of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014.

 

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