Houma, LA – The Morganza Action Coalition is pleased to announce that over $19 million in funding for the Morganza to the Gulf Hurricane Protection Project is included in the federal Fiscal Year 2022 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations measure.
Today, the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee released the text of the Congressionally Directed Spending as they advance a consolidated appropriation measure to the House Floor. The $19.333 million is provided to the US Army Corps of Engineers via the Mississippi River and Tributaries program for design and construction of elements of the Morganza system, a critical step in advancing the project. The U.S. House of Representative is expected to pass this bill.
The Morganza to the Gulf project provides crucial flood risk reduction to approximately 200,000 people living within a 1,900-square-mile area within Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes and consists of the following features:
· 98 miles of earthen levees and T-walls
· 22 Navigation Floodgates and the HNC Lock Complex
· 23 Water Control Structures
· 9 Road Gates
· Pump Station Fronting Protection
“More progress for Morganza!” said Jay Walker, President, Morganza Action Coalition. “Because of the hard work of Congressmen Steve Scalise and Garret Graves, nearly $20 million of additional funding will be provided to protect our region.”
“Our delegation, the community, federal and state government are all aligned, said Reggie Dupre, Executive Director, Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District. “This funding is one more sign of the commitments being made to advance Morganza.”
“We are grateful to members of our Congressional delegation for securing this important funding that will strengthen our efforts to improve flood protection for residents and businesses throughout the region,” said Dwayne Bourgeois, Executive Director, North Lafourche Levee District.