The Mississippi River Commission (MRC) met in Vicksburg on December 15 to discuss the Louisiana Coastal Area Ecosystem Restoration Study Report. The study commonly referred to as LCA is designed to map out a strategy for restoring Louisiana’s nationally significant coastal wetlands.
Commission members present at the meeting were Brig. Gen. Robert Crear (President-designee of the Mississippi River Commission and Division Commander of the Mississippi Valley Division) Mr. Sam Angel and Mr. Clifford Smith. Mr. R.D. James and Brig. Gen. William Grisoli participated via teleconference.
The commission reviewed the project discussed the features and issues concurred in the findings and recommendation of the New Orleans District Engineer and voted unanimously to recommend implementation. The next step in the process is for the MRC Report to be transmitted to the Corps’ Headquarters in Washington D.C. for inclusion in the Chief of Engineer’s Report. The Chief’s Report marks a significant step in the process; if approved the package will be forwarded to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works for transmitting to Congress.