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MAC Expands Scope to Advocate for Lafourche Flood Protection

By:  Morganza Action Coalition

September 7, 2016

 

The Morganza Action Coalition (MAC) has announced that the group is expanding its grass-roots advocacy work to include promoting flood protection in neighboring Lafourche Parish, a move that provides our entire region with a stronger voice for levee projects to protect our coastal communities.  Representatives of the North Lafourche and South Lafourche Levee Districts and Lafourche Parish residents are now included on the MAC Board of Directors.

In 2006, a group of Terrebonne Parish residents and business owners created the Morganza Action Coalition (MAC) to promote federal authorization and funding of the Morganza-to-the-Gulf (MTG) Hurricane Protection System. MAC’s efforts with elected officials and policymakers on Capitol Hill since then have helped the Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District secure federal authorization and permit approvals for the levee system after decades of studies and federal delays.

Permitting for MTG Reaches K and L in Lafourche Parish, Corps of Engineers mitigation policy, and federal flood mapping issues are all issues that MAC and the Terrebonne, North Lafourche, South Lafourche levee districts have successfully resolved together in recent years.

“For the past ten years, MAC has aggressively promoted Morganza to the Gulf as critical protection for not just Terrebonne but our neighboring parish of Lafourche as well. Likewise, we have worked very well with our neighboring levee districts to resolve issues that impact our region’s ability to protect ourselves,” explains 2016 MAC President Jay Walker. 

“By uniting under the MAC umbrella to promote state and federal support for Morganza and Lafourche levee projects, our voice will be even stronger. After all, our coastal communities are all in this together," he says.

The 2016 MAC Board of Directors includes Walker, Jack Moore, Daniel Walker, Cory Kief, Ronald Callais, Marguerite Knight, Roland Guidry, Jean Marmande, and Jane Arnette.

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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. For more information on MAC visit www.morganza.org.  

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