WIth Chief's Report Now Complete, MAC Continues Aggressive Push for Morganza Authorization

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July 12, 2013

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WIth Chief's Report Now Complete, MAC Continues Aggressive Push for Morganza Authorization
U.S. Capitol
The long-awaited Chief's Report on the Morganza-to-the-Gulf Hurricane Protection System was issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on Thursday, signaling another great step forward toward authorization for the $13 billion federal project.  Now that this critical report is complete, your Morganza Action Coalition (MAC) is equipped with the documentation needed to press Congress even more aggressively for project authorization in the 2013 Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA). In fact, a group of MAC representatives will be traveling to Capitol Hill in two weeks to personally lobby for the hurricane protection system our community needs and deserves.   We will keep you posted on the progress.

Thank you for your support of MAC!
Statement from MAC President Sharon Bergeron
on Signing of Chief's Report
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 "The signing of the Corps' Chief's report is a major milestone for the Morganza project in our quest to obtain federal authorization; however, our fight is far from over. MAC is very grateful to our delegation for their continued support of Morganza and pushing the Corps to meet their deadlines, especially Senators Landrieu and Vitter as they were instrumental in recently passing the 2013 WRDA through the Senate.   MAC continues to lobby Congress for federal authorization in the 2013 WRDA bill," says MAC President Sharon Bergeron.


"Terrebonne and Lafourche Parish residents have waited more than 20 years for federal authorization of Morganza and now we are closer than ever. Citizens of Terrebonne Parish have stepped up to the plate to tax themselves in order to build the first phase of Morganza and now it is finally time for a federal authorization."


"Terrebonne Parish is an economic engine for this entire nation; protecting us protects significant American energy and seafood resources. While our Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District proceeds with the first lift of levees and floodgates along the Morganza alignment, we continue to demand federal support for this hurricane protection system that our community needs and deserves," Bergeron concludes.


Louisiana's Congressional Delegation Applauds Progress for Morganza
Senator David Vitter:
"After nearly two decades, this is huge step to finally get Morganza moving forward, which will have major benefits for south Louisiana," Vitter said. "Many Louisianians are under threat of flooding every hurricane season, and this project would give them much needed relief. I'll continue working with the House to take up and pass the WRDA bill we passed in the Senate."
Senator Mary Landrieu:
"This favorable Chief's Report for Morganza to the Gulf is an important step in the right direction and one I have been calling for for some time. But our work is not over until this project is complete and the people of Lafourche and Terrebonne have the flood protection they need and deserve.  This is the third time Morganza has been authorized over the past 20 years, and it is time to stop studying and start building. Along with local leaders and the Congressional delegation, I am determined to build Morganza to the Gulf quickly and at a reasonable cost," Sen. Landrieu said.

Congressman Steve Scalise:
"Today's Chief's Report by the Corps is a major step in the right direction in the fight to provide desperately-needed flood protection for thousands of Louisiana families and businesses," Scalise said.  "Southeast Louisiana is an economic cornerstone of our nation's energy supply, and is the hub for servicing the offshore oil and gas industry.  Colonel Hansen assured me that he is committed to moving forward with actual work on Morganza to the Gulf to build on the tremendous work that has already been done by local officials in Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes. While today's announcement is far from the end in the fight for stronger flood protection for southeast Louisiana, I'm glad that the Corps is finally moving this ball forward after years of delays.  Our delegation will continue working closely together to move this project forward." 
Read full statement here.

Congressman Bill Cassidy:
"I am encouraged to learn that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has signed off on the Chief's Report and that the Morganza to the Gulf project cleared yet another major hurdle today.  I hope OMB will favorably recommend this project to Congress so that it can receive further authorization and funding.  In early May, I sent a letter to the Secretary of the Army stressing the importance of Morganza to the Gulf and urged the Corps to stay on track with approving the Chief's Report. Morganza to the Gulf is a critical hurricane protection project for the communities in Southeast Louisiana that provide energy and seafood for the rest of the nation."
Morganza in the News

Morganza Report Finalized
Nikki Buskey, The Courier
July 11, 2013
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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.


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