News from NLLD
December 13, 2022
Corps Breaks Ground on New Humble Canal Floodgate
Montegut, LA – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and federal, state and local officials celebrated the start of construction for a new Humble Canal Floodgate December 9th, marking the first segment of the critical 98-mile Morganza to the Gulf Hurricane Risk Reduction System to be built with federal dollars.
The Corps is funding the Humble Canal preload project with $12 million from New Start funding approved by the federal government in January 2020. Local company Onshore Materials, LLC has been awarded a $6.2 million contract for this preload phase, which includes site preparation and construction of aprons to tie existing levees to the new Humble Canal Floodgate slated for construction next.
“The $12.5 million Humble Canal Gate Site Preparation and Initial Levee Preload is the first federal construction feature of the Morganza to the Gulf Project, and it is certainly not the last,” said Col. Cullen Jones, Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District.
January 21, 2022
NLLD Executive Director Recognizes All involved in Historic Funding for Morganza to the Gulf
Tuesday and Wednesday of this week saw two major puzzle pieces for the construction of the Morganza to the Gulf Hurricane Protection (Morganza) project fall into place, marking two great days for Coastal Louisiana and for Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes in particular.
First, on Tuesday, there was a ceremony for the signing of the Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) for Morganza. The PPA is the final document that must be in place to begin federal construction on a previously authorized project that has received a New Start appropriation. The PPA was signed by the Morganza to the Gulf Project’s federal sponsor, Col Murphy at the US Army Corps of Engineers District in New Orleans. It was also signed by the project’s two non-federal co-sponsors – the State of Louisiana through the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority signed by Board Chairman Chip Kline, and the Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District signed by Board President Tony Alford.
Then, on Wednesday, it was confirmed that the project would receive construction funding in the amount of $378.5 million from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). That is in addition to an initial $12 million the project received through the New Start designation in January 2021. These were two fantastic days culminating the tremendous work of many going back to 1992 when the project first got started. These two days mark the beginning of many needed to reach project’s completion. We have many pieces of the puzzle yet to put in place. read full Press Release PDF
Risk Rating 2.0 (RR 2.0)
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