Basin Boosted By Barack-Backed Budget

From the Independent:

The U.S. House approved an appropriations bill Wednesday evening that’s chocked full of projects for the Atchafalaya Basin system ranging from levee improvements to dredging. In all, there’s roughly $33.7 million in the legislation for the Acadiana waterway.


Rep. Charlie Melancon, a Napoleonville Democrat, says the budget bill and its contents, including earmarks, address a wide range of priorities for the 3rd Congressional District. Without its heft, several constituencies would be left wanting for important projects. “Member appropriations like these allow Louisianans to bypass agency bureaucrats in Washington and go directly to their elected representatives to secure federal funding for important projects in their communities,” says Melancon, who represents lower Acadiana in Congress.

Among the biggest winners locally in the budget was, again, the Atchafalaya Basin system. For instance, there’s a massive $14.8 million line item in the budget for the continuation of levee improvements in the Atchafalaya Basin Floodway. The project contains 449 miles of levees. There’s also $8.6 million to maintain the locks on Bayou Bouef and Bayou Sorrel, maintain the pumping stations on the Atchafalaya River and dredge Berwick Harbor. Additionally, $8.3 million has been set aside for dredging the navigation channel on the Atchafalaya River and bayous Chene, Boeuf, and Black.

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~ by vermilionaire on March 1, 2009.

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