"Morganza Minute" E-Newsletter

May 23, 2013

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Morganza Minute
News from the Morganza Action Coalition
Join the MAC March for Federal Authorization 
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Dear Friends,

As our Memorial Day holiday weekend begins, we pray for our fellow Americans in Oklahoma who have suffered great loss of life and property this week.  Our thoughts are with all tornado victims as they recover from the tragedy and begin to rebuild their lives and their communities.

Seeing the pictures of devastation makes me recall the suffering our own coastal communities have experienced from flooding brought on by hurricanes and tropical storms over the years, and the great hope for survival that lies in our Morganza-to-the-Gulf Hurricane Protection System.
As the the Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District proceeds with local construction of levees and floodgates along the Morganza alignment, your Morganza Action Coalition (MAC) continues to push for federal support of the full Morganza system.  As you will read in this newsletter, we are now closer than ever to obtaining federal authorization for this project, but we still have challenges ahead. MAC continues to travel to Washington, D.C. on a regular basis to aggressively lobby for our hurricane protection system.
You can help us in this battle for survival by joining MAC or renewing your membership in 2013.  To learn more, please contact me or Managing Consultant Lori LeBlanc, or view our MAC membership form.  Thank you for your support, and we wish you a safe and restful Memorial Day holiday!
Sharon Bergeron,
2013 Morganza Action Coalition President 
Morganza Authorization Moves Forward in
Senate-Passed WRDA
U.S. Capitol Federal authorization of the Morganza-to-the-Gulf Hurricane Protection System is one step closer to reality, thanks to last week's U.S. Senate approval of the 2013 Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA).  Senator David Vitter, Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, was instrumental in including a $10.3 billion authorization of Morganza in WRDA.
Securing authorization is a top priority for the Morganza Action Coalition (MAC).While authorization does not automatically mean funding, this important designation gives permission to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with the project, allows for federal money to be appropriated when possible, and provides for a streamlined environmental permitting process.  It will also allow for the levees currently constructed by the Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District to be credited toward the local match if and when federal funding is secured.
MAC and our Washington D.C. lobbyist now shift our focus to the the U.S. House of Representatives and the White House to ensure that Morganza remains in the House's version of the WRDA bill and is ultimately approved by the Obama Administration.
Floodgates Completed in Time for Hurricane Season 
With one week until the 2013 hurricane season officially begins, Terrebonne Parish residents are
more protected from storm surge and flooding than ever before.
Work on the new Bayou Grand Caillou Floodgate was completed in April, and crews are now putting the finishing touches on the new Bubba Dove Floodgate across the Houma Navigation Canal. Both will be operational for the start of hurricane season on June 1. 
Bubba Dove Floodgate
Bubba Dove Floodgate on Houma Navigation Canal
These floodgates were built as part of the Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District's efforts to complete the first lift of levees and several floodgates along the Morganza alignment with local sales tax revenue and state funds.

This summer,
the District will
receive $100 million in bond money from the half-cent sales tax approved by parish voters in December to build more 10-foot levees and 18-foot floogates between Bayou Black and Cut Off, providing a first level of protection to our valuable coastal communities.
Morganza in the News
Founded in 1996 by a group of Terrebonne Parish residents and business owners, the
Morganza Action Coalition (MAC) is a 501(c)4 organization solely focused on advocating for authorization and construction of the Morganza-to-the-Gulf Hurricane Protection System. VISIT OUR WEBSITE: 
MAC relies on financial contributions from local businesses and individuals to
support these lobbying 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 project.
Lori LeBlanc, MAC Managing Consultant
Telephone:  (985) 209-7932


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