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"Morganza Minute" E-Newsletter

December 18, 2013

 

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News from the Morganza Action Coalition
Greetings!
xmas-tree-icon.gif MAC was on the move in 2013, and we are pleased to report on the great progress that has been made to secure hurricane protection for all of us in Terrebonne Parish and parts of Lafourche.

We began the year fresh off of voters approving a new half-cent sales tax to build levees and floodgates along the Morganza to the Gulf (MTG) alignment, once again proving our commitment to "save ourselves" and not wait for a government handout. With $250 million now in state and local investment, the Terrebonne Levee District is steadily working to complete design and construction of 98 miles of levees and 22 floodgates to protect us from future storms.  In August, the TLCD dedicated the Bubba Dove Floodgate on the Houma Navigation Canal, a key component of the local levee system, and the floodgate proved its power on October 4 in advance of Tropical Storm Karen.

Federal authorization doesn't automatically mean federal funding, but this significant nod from Congress will provide a streamlined federal permitting process for the MTG project, allowing us to spend our own dollars to build levees more efficiently.   That is why MAC pounded the pavement in Washington D.C. this year to advocate for Morganza authorization in the WRDA bill during eight visits and more than 80 meetings with federal lawmakers and policymakers.  In this effort, we celebrated major milestones, including a signed Post-Authorization Change Report, signed Chief's Report, MTG authorization in the Senate's version of WRDA, and a signed Record of Decision.

MAC recognizes the wonderful ways we have been blessed here in Terrebonne Parish this year, and we thank you for all of your support. Merry Christmas, and may the new year continue to hold many blessings for you, your family, and our special Terrebonne Parish community!


Sharon Bergeron, President
Morganza Action Coalition
 
MAC Marches On for Authorization
U.S. CapitolRepresentatives of Morganza Action Coalition made eight trips up to Capitol Hill this year, and had 84 meetings with U.S. Senators and Representatives and Congressional committee staff members, along with Corps of Engineers, White House OMB, and NOAA officials to push for Morganza to the Gulf federal authorization in the current WRDA bill.

With inclusion in the Senate's version of the bill, MAC has been focusing much effort recently on the House side and in anticipation of conference committee action in 2014.  We remain hopeful that WRDA will be passed in the new year, and MTG will be authorized.  This is the largest civil works project in the country, and we have never been so close to final authorization.  MAC marches on!

Morganza Project Brochure
2013 Major Project Milestones  
Signed reports are not always the most exciting news to share,  but when it comes to Morganza, signed reports keep our project alive and moving forwAll in Logoard! 

Here's a review of some of the key federal reports issued on MTG in 2013: 
  • Signed Post-Authorization Change Report  
  • (May 2013)
Re-evaluates MTG at a cost of $10 billion and slightly alters, extends the far eastern and western alignment of MTG.   
  • Signed Chief's Report (July 2013) 
Chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signs off on project, enabling Congressional authorization. 
  • Signed Record of Decision (December 2013)  

Civilian head of USACE approves MTG project, signaling final approval from President Obama's administration. 

Floodgate Proves Its Power for Tropical Storm Karen
Closed Bubba Dove Floodgate The Houma Navigation Canal "Bubba Dove" Floodgate was closed for the first time in history on October 4, 2013 in anticipation of impacts from Tropical Storm Karen. The Bayou Grand Calliou Floodgate, which lies one mile to the north,  was also closed.

These two MTG features were recently completed by the Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District and the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority at a cost of around $75 million. The closure maintained a water level of more than one foot lower on the interior of the system and kept areas of lower Terrebonne Parish dry for the first time in many years while experiencing above normal tides and storm surge.  This is further evidence that empowering the local agencies to complete these works can be done effectively and efficiently and achieve real results.
Morganza in the News
Bruce Alpert, NOLA.com
December 10, 2013

Progress in effort to secure flood protection should be celebrated

Editorial, DailyComet.com
December 11, 2013
 
Read more Morganza news at www.Morganza.org
 
Founded in 2006 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:  www.Morganza.org 
 
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.
 

 

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