U.S. Sen. David Vitter is calling on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to rethink their recent tentatively-selected plan for the West Shore Hurricane Protection Project.
On August 23, the Corps announced their “tentatively selected plan,” but the alignment they chose protects fewer parishes than a separate alignment that is preferred by local officials.
“To help better understand the needs of the non-federal sponsor and their willingness to work with the Corps, I’m urging the Corps to accompany the locals on a helicopter tour of the project study area,” Vitter said. “The locally-preferred alignment would offer a lot more protection for a lot more people for basically the same price to the federal government.”
Vitter is the top ranking Republican on the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Corps.
Press Release, September 12, 2013