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U.S. Army Corps Work Plan Includes Money to Complete Morganza Report

MAC Applauds Sen. Vitter for His Efforts to Secure Funding

5/18/2011

(HOUMA) The Morganza Action Coalition (MAC) is pleased to learn that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has included $3.5 million in its FY 2011 work plan to complete the Post Authorization Change (PAC) Report for the Morganza-to-the-Gulf Hurricane Protection Project. 

The funding is a direct result of meetings MAC representatives had with Louisiana’s congressional delegation and USACE officials in Washington in March, and a specific push by U.S. Senator David Vitter to get the Corps to complete the report in 2012 as scheduled.

“The timely completion of the PAC report is critical to us moving forward with funding and construction of the total, federally-authorized Morganza-to-the-Gulf lock, levee and floodgate system,” says MAC Chairman Berwick Duval.  “That is why MAC has been focused on securing funding for the Corps to finish the report in 2012, and why Senator Vitter has taken significant action to push the Corps to complete the PAC report on time.  We applaud him for his efforts to advance our hurricane protection system, and thank the entire Louisiana delegation for their support.”

When the USACE implemented heightened levee construction standards following Hurricane Katrina, the agency began the PAC report process to analyze the impacts of the new standards on the previously-authorized Morganza system and a final report was expected in 2012. However, the $3.5 million needed to finish the report in this timeframe was not included in President Obama’s FY 2012 federal budget, which prompted MAC to pursue the necessary funding wherever possible.  No federal funding for construction of the levee system can be secured without a finalized report.

As a means of accelerating the report’s completion, Sen. Vitter blocked the nomination of an administration appointee in 2010, questioned the USACE leadership during FY12 budget hearings, and wrote to the USACE in March requesting that the report be completed by December 2012. 

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