WASHINGTON— U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement today after meeting with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District Commander Colonel Michael Clancy to discuss funding for the Comite River Diversion Canal and other important flood risk reduction projects.
“I appreciate Commander Clancy’s time and believe we had a productive discussion,” said Dr. Cassidy. “With the Corps’ funding decisions coming very soon, I pressed for additional resources for New Orleans District projects, including the Comite River Diversion Canal, West Shore Lake Pontchartrain, the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Damage Reduction Project, the Morganza to the Gulf Hurricane Protection Project, and Upper Barataria Basin Risk Reduction. I also stressed the importance of more dollars dedicated to dredging Atchafalaya River Bar Channel, Houma Navigational Channel, Calcasieu River and Pass, and the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge to the Gulf of Mexico. I look forward to hearing from the Corps about how it plans to make real progress on these projects.”