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"Morganza Minute" E-newsletter

September 12, 2013

 

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News from the Morganza Action Coalition
Greetings!
Last week, representatives of our Morganza Action Coalition (MAC), including U.S. Capitol Terrebonne Parish President Michel Claudet and Levee District Director Reggie Dupre, traveled back to Capitol Hill to push for federal approval of the $10.6 billion Morganza to the Gulf Hurricane Protection System in the 2013 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) bill.

In two short days, the group attended 15 meetings with our Louisiana Congressional delegation and members of the U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, which is responsible for water management bills in that Chamber.  With Morganza now included in the Senate's version of the 2013 WRDA billl,  MAC is focusing much of its efforts on WRDA action in the House.
 
This latest trip to our nation's capital was the fifth trip for MAC this year, as we pound the pavement on our MAC march for federal authorization of Morganza. In fact, in this year alone, our group has had over 50 meetings with key Congressional members and their staff, in addition to several meetings with House and Senate committee staff, and representatives of the Office of Management and Budget, NOAA, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This list includes key Congressional members who serve on the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee and the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. We are confident that these face-to-face meetings will pay dividends over the next few months as WRDA moves through Congress.

You and the 200,000 residents of our region can be assured that your MAC is monitoring the WRDA process and advocating for our hurricane protection system daily, and will not stop until we get the job done and achieve full Morganza authorization once and for all. Our community not only needs this protection, but deserves it!

Your support of our lobbying, education and advocacy efforts makes our hard work possible. If you are not a MAC member yet, Join Today!  Thank you for your support.

 
Sharon Bergeron
2013 MAC President
 
Senators Vitter and Landrieu Urge Timely White House Action on Morganza Report
Levee project

Congressional authorization of Morganza in the final 2013 WRDA bill is an extremely critical step for the project and our community, but further action by the Executive Branch is also needed to officially designate Morganza as an approved federal project.  MAC has worked and continues to work hard pushing for action at this level of government too.   

 

On July 11, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's Chief's Report on the Morganza project was officially signed and submitted to the Assistant Secretary of the Army and the White House Office of Management and Budget for a 120-day review. This was a significant administrative milestone for the project.  

 

We now await a favorable recommendation by the Assistant Secretary of the Army and the OMB by the 120-day deadline. U.S. Senators Landrieu and Vitter recently issued a letter to OMB Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, urging the expeditious review of the Morganza report. View that letter here.
MAC Brochure Highlights Benefits of Morganza Project 
The national and local significance of the Morganza to the Gulf Hurricane Protection Project is highlighted in a new project brochure published by MAC. The brochure aims to  inform national leaders about the impacts hurricane All in Logoprotection in Terrebonne Parish - and the lack of it -will have on Americans everywhere. 

Some interesting facts:


* The completed Morganza system will provide $307 Million per year in net benefits to this nation.  
 
* Morganza will save federal dollars. FEMA flood claims in our parish have totaled $450 million since 1992, compared to $66 million spent in protected Lafourche parish. 

*  According to a state study, storms striking southeast Louisiana are twice as likely to be CAT 2 or higher than storms striking Galveston, Texas.

 
Morganza in the News

 

Terrebonne leaders in Washington to lobby for levee project

Mary Kilpatrick, The Courier
September 10, 2013

Levee project not included in House bill
Mary Kilpatrick, The Courier
September 11, 2013

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