Richmond Flood Protection Amendment Passes in the House
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Cedric Richmond (LA-02), lauded the passage of H.R. 3080 – the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 which includes a flood protection amendment he authored. The amendment is based on H.R. 1769, the Recognizing the National Benefits of Flood Protection Act of 2013, a bill Rep. Richmond introduced to require the Corps to calculate the national benefits of proposed flood protection projects such as the West Shore Hurricane Protection Project.
“Since coming to Congress, I have made flood protection one of my top priorities. The West Shore Levee Project has been at the forefront of my efforts and I am pleased that the passage of my amendment to H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013, brings us closer to making this project a reality,” Rep Richmond said. “This bill ensures that Congress and the Corps understand that flood protection projects in Louisiana will protect the country from economic shocks like sudden increases in the price of gasoline caused by a hurricane. In order to secure funding in this tight fiscal climate, the federal government must grasp how important areas like the River Parishes are to the U.S. economy. This is a big step in getting the alignment that the residents of the River Parishes desire.”
Rep. Richmond’s amendment directs the Corps to include the following in its economic analysis of a proposed flood protection project:
- The benefits from a reduction in national and regional economic losses, such as a spike in gasoline prices caused by a hurricane
- The benefits from a reduction in flood damage to public and private property and infrastructure
- The benefits to public safety from the protection of important evacuation routes
Richmond Flood Protection Timeline:
• Rep. Richmond held a conference call in April with the Corps’ highest ranking civilian leader to urge her to allocate the full amount necessary to complete the West Shore Levee study.
• On April 26, 2013, Rep. Richmond introduced the Recognizing the National Benefits of Flood Protection Act of 2013, HR-1769. The bill would require the Army Corps of Engineers to calculate the national benefits of proposed flood protection projects.
• In May, Rep. Richmond held a town hall in St. John the Baptist Parish where the local Corps officials announced that the Corps had requested the money necessary to complete this study.
• In June, Rep. Richmond sent a letter with Senator Mary Landrieu to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget urging it to approve the Corps request for funding for West Shore.
• In October, Rep Richmond introduced an amendment to H.R. 3080 which reiterated the flood protection provisions in the Recognizing the National Benefits of Flood Protection Act of 2013. The amendment was adopted.
• On October 23, 2013, H.R. 3080-Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 passed in the House of Representatives with the Richmond amendment.
Footage of Rep. Richmond urging his colleagues to vote for his amendment can be viewed here .