LOUISIANA SPEAKS CITIZENS ACTION ALERT Tell Congress and President Bush to Authorize CRITICAL HURRICANE PROTECTION PROJECTS
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate will soon meet to craft compromise legislation to reauthorize the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which could include nearly $3.6 billion in Army Corps of Engineers projects authorized for Louisiana.
Contact Congress and President Bush TODAY and express your support for hurricane and coastal protection.
WHAT'S AT STAKE? The WRDA bill, including specific provisions to:
Authorize funding for Louisiana Coastal Area Ecosystem Restoration (LCA), about two dozen coastal wetlands repairs totaling nearly $2 billion intended to stanch the erosion that has left the state more vulnerable to storms sweeping in off the Gulf of Mexico.
Expedite closure of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), the canal, which has been identified by scientists and engineers as a key factor that accelerated Hurricane Katrina's storm surge and flooding, especially in St. Bernard Parish. Under current legislation passed by the U.S. Senate, with bi-partisan support from Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Senator David Vitter (R-LA), the Army Corps of Engineers could begin taking steps to close the MRGO six months after the legislation is signed into law.
Authorize $886 million for Morganza to the Gulf, which is a series of levees, locks and other systems through Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes that will, when complete, serve to protect more than 120,000 people and 1,700 square miles of land against storm surges such as those caused by Hurricane Katrina.
These projects are consistent with recommendations from the state of Louisiana's proposed Coastal Protection and Restoration Plan and the Louisiana Speaks Regional Plan. Funding for these projects is essential to protecting Louisiana's coastal communities, and preserving Louisiana's working coast, which serves as a portal for nearly one third of all the oil and gas production in the U.S.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?Contact Congress and President Bush TODAY and express your support for hurricane and coastal protection.
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Louisiana Speaks is a long-term planning initiative of the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA) that is supported with private funds provided through the LRA Support Foundation. In the wake of the destruction caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Louisiana Speaks initiative works toward the development of a sustainable, long-term vision for South Louisiana. This work combines the efforts of local, state and federal partners along with many experts, stakeholders and citizens into a comprehensive approach that will guide recovery and growth over the next 50 years.