WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), today released a statement following the Louisiana flood mitigation and navigation projects announced in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ FY 2018 Work Plan.
“These navigation and flood mitigation projects are important to Louisiana’s economy and families,” said Dr. Cassidy. “This plan funds flood mitigation projects like the next phase of the Comite River Diversion and ongoing waterway protection efforts. I continue to work with local and state officials to make these projects happen.”
In April, Cassidy met with the head of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to advocate for the completion of needed flood mitigation projects in Louisiana.
Louisiana projects announced in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ FY 2018 Work Plan include:· $14 million to complete the next phase of the Comite River diversion project · $9.479 million for Houma Navigation Canal to enable the Port of Terrebonne to dredge the Navigational Channel to maintain its authorized depth level of 15 feet · $51.789 million for dredging and other structural and navigational repairs for the Atchafalaya River Basin under MR&T Operations and Maintenance(O&M) funding · $15.645 million under O&M funding for dredging of the Atchafalaya River and Bayous Chene, Boeuf and Black · $17.5 million for planning, engineering and design for evaluation of the floodgate at Charenton · $34.556 million for maintenance and dredging repairs to the Calcasieu River bar channel as well as other structural repairs along the channel · $101.929 million for maintenance dredging of Southwest Pass and other areas along the Mississippi River, as well as other structural and navigational repairs · $1.5 million available for East Baton Rouge Parish for construction of a Pump Station · Federal funding for wastewater infrastructure improvement projects in Ascension, Livingston and Iberia Parishes