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Billy Nungesser

Feb 18, 2011|

The Federal Government promised to rebuild levees in Louisiana, but nothing seems to be getting done. Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser talks to Don about the problem and what he plans to do to correct it.

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Well Dave I found a list of 41 cool things to do with the bass master classic in the wall wow all 41 of death -- this 22 foot today. This 23 through 35 for tomorrow and then 36 through 41 on Sunday. Give us some highlights while pushing you go to -- -- launch and and it's beginning right Melinda believing Ryanair -- how o'clock -- and then now they gonna have the odd camel -- by -- -- net you can take a seventy mile per hour ride in a -- to Yamaha from 8 o'clock and 245. Today through Sunday at the Yamaha showed demo. It's gonna be right damper on Torre's yet they use it. I have a helmet on no one yeah I was gonna say helmet on know what anybody's ever been seventy. On the water use that's a real. And another big point is going to be this three day bass master classic outdoors expo. That's over there at DR Ernest Lamoriello convention center and that's going to be on from noon to 8 o'clock today you get the pick all -- bring you checkbook with the vessels blocked a great stuff. To see and and by Anna saw all this is free to go to all the stuff and and of course the way in. Is and highlighted today they're gonna open up the arena. Free of charges go in there about 330. They going to be employing some music from Martinez Casey Ashley will be there. Then they gonna have some other you know and introductions and things and then. They gonna do the official -- who called what where and when and how do they found their business and I guess by tonight will have the so called leader board yes I'm all know -- in the first second third down the last yup and what's important in this three day tournament is that when they find fish they've got to find a place with a fishing stays consistent. Now for three days if conditions change in the fiscal weigh in this spot is no longer programming at a fund new and and all bets are off but the forecast is supposed to remain pretty steady -- there are -- through Sunday sorry about the fog here embodies -- other than that we don't have very bone chilling cold fronts now. So I think that should bode well for you dole was very refreshing yesterday too was our new mayor Mitch Landrieu he came over to the media day and and thank them for coming in welcome them to the city and is aren't called the two previous mayors. Mayor -- all in mayor and and -- It was all in the superdome at that time -- didn't you know how close it is from City Hall to the superdome is why he crossed the street across -- can throw -- -- didn't even come over. Didn't even -- handle welcome mummers say -- you know. I don't know -- back anyway we're glad that down there welcome anytime man fit in this kind of exciting I'm dying to see what they bring him up well we'll talk about may be some bass recipes next hour. So punishment only about that I was -- -- your -- though none of the sacred cow for some people. You know it's a it's a resource to be shared by everybody somebody like deficient for -- some people like them for food very good fit the bill nicely either way. Thank you David David -- in the W bill newsroom live this hour Billy non guests of black -- his parish presidents gonna join -- -- enough. -- last hour so US senator David hitter. They have been working on this New Orleans to Venice project funding and now it appears that they're gonna fall a little bit should not -- the federal government. Walking around. We'll hear about that also Randy casinos. And Jonas from wildlife and fisheries says will enroll -- gonna talk about the situation. With Louisiana seafood. Talking to some of the media yesterday that a visiting here for the classic from out of town. Totally misconceived. Opinions about Louisiana seafood but I seventh straight we'll be back to talk about all the stuff. Phone lines open 2260187. Ain't so free it's 8668890. -- seven and don't forget you can email me. Anytime any day at Salomon WL dot com. The only radio station that listens to you. -- news talk and sports leader the big 871053. WW LS and WWL. Dot com. Well a couple of tragedies that has befallen the Gulf Coast and Louisiana coast of course Hurricane Katrina were approaching their five and a half year many calls to a six year mark on that some of the residual fallout was still dealing with. Also the results of the -- crisis last summer and fall was still dealing with that. Who's to GCC out tonight Kenneth Feinberg another story there are joining us to talk about one of those issues Billy none gas supply -- parish president Billy how you doing this morning. -- you don't -- daily. We had senator David general bitterly and we just kind of -- and scratched the surface on this on a woman's to Venice. Off funding issue that has come up in thanks for being -- talk about this if you would -- take us back a little bit. Explain to the listeners what that project is that -- to Venice project. Well it's you know some people -- hard to believe that we have 34 miles of Levy. Debt run from a elevation about two and a half feet too hot feet. That protects you dance and that the evacuation route and although refineries down approximately. And it's been a private -- -- -- but citrus slam. For many years that Dayton and maintained. That popping it keeps holly dry and that band little made mention that left eight. And -- recently -- that parish council turn over till I was accepted the donation. To -- and give the right way to the federal government. There's federal Levy now that they don't wanna see -- the project through. So it's pretty devastating. News in the president's budget. I soul what happened they originally approved to have fun this a 100%. And this was done and an appropriation bill that that was also included funding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and Hurricane. Katrina rebuilding. What happened to that Connolly was a little more. Well when I first took office there was a money about two more million in -- formed. No one installed in the process TD engineers is not the money will -- the be moved to new all of shortcomings after Katrina. Agreed to the move of the construction money if they -- the engineered designed -- quickly and that everybody agreed. In the next supplement. That -- Levy would be funded a 100%. Senate and it worked very hard. And we got that money but did -- that -- -- what the the course that it would cost of course as we know. The -- would be out of business still in private business because. They keep making estimates on everything and -- just go back and get more money on how do we change commanders every two years. The new guy in charge decided that he doesn't think can't. Appropriation. And authorization by our congress. Today that it doesn't have to meet a cost -- benefit. That they should under our percent now that there estimates are gonna. Keep I think stop. How the new money should not be a 100% funded and that his -- interpretation. And of course we applaud gonna do their foot stand and up. And can't absolutely not that congress set a 200% it's -- percent. So 00 or is it pure opinion and senators did his opinion that when this original deal was -- that there world allowances made for modifications and changes any amount wasn't built into the package -- -- -- illusion are committed the other day it's gonna tell you what we have a billion dollars for this let me give that to the Paris to the state. Well you just pay the bills and will -- appeal for a billion dollars because of course everything is double what it would normally cost -- -- that. It'll be you know the top of -- he had -- these -- keep going out of the -- For everything. And it's just. You know it's gonna cost another billion dollars to finished his -- would seem to -- And they're not gonna format but they formed the first billion just makes cents. I -- still there we gonna take a traffic break we'll come back with -- with Paris president of black -- Billy -- guess so about dumb actually of a breaking a -- Levy not the -- -- -- a promise to rebuild abundant Obama administration and also the Army Corps of Engineers from her back to continue that conversation. Because you can afford to wait and no you can't afford not to listen. The news talk in sports leader the big 871053. WWL a firm and WWL dot com. Well. We are approaching crawfish season and now some say that the Obama administration in the US Army Corps of Engineers is cross fishing themselves down imply recommends Paris show joining us is the president of the Paris show Billy -- and guess what. Billy to be clearly -- stay when I'm thinking is happening here President Bush. I made a promise to us that we would have a hundred year protection because of the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Our President Obama has repeated that says he's behind it too. But unfortunately he had the money that was allocated to the army corpsman could be used to construct an -- to Venice Levy. They say now is falling short that possibly another billion dollars is needed. And they wanna give Louisiana 35% of the bill. What is more likely to happen here you've asked that if they do is give the state the money we can get it done for a lot less money. Which I don't think that's gonna happen but is there an alternative what is the alternative to do another audio -- cost benefits. Analysis to determine whether it's justified -- to allocate the money and then by then holocaust even. Yeah. Well I think congress and they have an obligation. And finished projects. Because there. The corps has been. I haven't cost overruns and I've been involved in politics. Well we the people approximate -- yeah I should pay the price. Come up in Shreveport. You know we're ask in the state to to give it a -- the congressman. And this is just another example of why we need -- thought of -- these congressional lines. So a congressman can focus on an area. And not at least if -- think that that helped somebody politically doesn't help one. -- -- the other. Quote -- congressmen that were asked in the coastal are still are all Saint Bernard absorbed and yet they supported. What -- is that growing voice in Washington of focusing in on the coastal issues. And we're asking the governor never want to support disk and -- take politics out of it a week can have a voice but that will be up there. Main focus is fighting with the core. The environmental. Groups to -- at this permanent process and -- of our Coast Guard. It as a war for twenty years the way it is so we're asking them to draw those blogs from Louisiana. And that first particularly in politicians. So where's it gonna go from here you you've got a few options you mentioned out -- amber and I mean those things may take time what do you think is that the chances of getting a call for congressman selected. I think it we do the right thing for Louisiana and outsource certain individual little can brawl broke it. They're constituents in district. Would we let the launch all living should be. And you know we're asking Washington to do the right thing we need to take our own less than do the right thing. You know this Levy is one of three projects. We stopped by Petro next week in the next month. And you know we've just finished a study to -- about peace Colette and a lot of people don't realize -- 71 miles from Afghanistan. And eastern gulf which you gonna start drill. Eventually. It was 71 miles this is decent -- is going to be an explosion of drone activity. Like we haven't seen for many years. It's either going to be -- or Mississippi Alabama they won't run from crucial. So we don't get the let me -- the bar pretty pro combat piece -- deep -- -- -- gonna lose I believe half of our energy. Support because companies to Mississippi Alabama. So it's not just -- government parish in the refineries could. It's the eastern -- That we could see -- -- and 2 to the eastern gulf and crucial on you know western golf. And keep that infrastructure those jobs in Louisiana. Molly isn't anything you would suggest that. The citizen the Louisiana citizen can do that to help see that through that is a big big opportunity right now. Well I think that we need to continue you know live on top that I'd like to see meddling in news staff get a little bit more involved. And -- let you know she's got the presidency are. And -- it seems like we're always either got a Republican president. And a democratic governor or vice Versa so weeks it almost looks like we're being punished here which it is horrible. Oh yeah we got 151000. People a day come to work clock much -- sugar refineries. That the naval air station that fly out of that -- from all over Louisiana. Our -- we got people who work week on a week off on of that -- -- -- PH are all the docs. So popular rock a lot of jobs for the whole region. That do we flooded I didn't even hit. We didn't even take a hard hit that we fought in the plot commercial flight from that private Levy that this project -- -- -- -- Billy thanks for joining us and a good luck up there in Shreveport and now keep us posted on on the progress of both as Levy issue and also on the possibility of getting a cultural congress. Yeah I thank you -- I'm Billy no and yes sir. I'm bound up in Shreveport on the opposite end of the state from when he serves as a parish president talking about the core -- walking away from a hurricane protection commitment that they made to us -- complicated issue -- we have some folks on top of and -- we got some money on top of the news is name is David Blake. The station that gets you through hurricanes and everyday storms in the news talk and sports leader of the 8871053. WWL have and WWL dot com. I was driving in and around out there may be headed to weren't going headed down the by using -- coming in through the -- outdoor expo sponsored by Dick's Sporting Goods at the morial convention center and on the bass master classic be careful out there a lot of -- -- normally from my window I can see the Crescent City connection quite clearly -- this morning I can't see it. Yes it -- big orange ball is making a rise up into the sky and hopefully that'll burn some of that fog off for those fishermen that are out there and some. Unfamiliar waters on our hope they don't take the precautions and be safe out there isn't -- a pretty bad week for fishermen and then boulders are. We had some -- on the Gulf of Mexico last week in a boating accident there. A boating collision on unknown pass over the -- -- Katharine -- this week another man was killed there. So long taken precautions and be safe out there. I'm in fact it's been -- an on ice column and on his cell phone this morning Ed good morning are you driving safely in the -- I made it to work already. I came in from electron then there there wasn't quite a status report from other locations. Of course the river is quite fog bound at the moment. And that presents its own pastors. So the vessels there but. I wanted to it again I'm glad you mentioned in the -- tallies. In the past week and wanted to remind people. That -- checked there were equipment before they go out especially if they're going offshore. You know it's critical if they get in trouble that they be able to put out a distress call. There are the modern marine radios. Have to distress. Switch on my approach seven a signal. If you happen have a GPS chicken -- that will give a position as levels of distress call. There are inexpensive personal emergency position indicating radio beacons when they can be purchased the will give us an indication of your location. And you know it it's. As we've seen -- can be quite hazardous the water temperature and engulf the -- -- here. Even if you're wearing a PF -- -- survival time might be limited so it's the key thing has. I get a distress call out so the Coast Guard can come and find it all go. We are distressed scroll down on the the one offshore and passing vessel just happen pick up. The lone survivor that you know leave your family your friends your own welfare to -- Now some good advice and then any you know. If things happen so fast in that instance it was just it in a heartbeat one engine went out they shut the Oval Office before they know with the boat was capsized and going under. They even have time to put the life jackets on they did get some of them that will comment hanging on to home but. As you mentioned when you've got water temperatures even at fifty degrees which is is warmer out in the -- than it is in some of the interior lakes. I you don't have very long long last and then you get soaking wet and if you got a lot of close on which people generally have this Tommy yet enacted toward -- That's all that extra weight and I'm not surprised at those those supporting the vigils could not climb on top of that boat. The one that survived he managed to do that but when you're soaking wet with 5060. Pounds. Of water so holding on you in the life jacket for buoyancy -- chances on very good especially in a coal. Well -- -- so just asking people to check their equipment lecture at the right equipment. And lecture somebody knows where they're going and -- when they're expected be back. We can never be safe thanks for those airline -- I appreciate you calling in 960187. ER toll free 866889087. To come back from his break and check out my opinion both. Dealing with a topic will be talking about next -- with and roll so the founding director of Louisiana bucket brigade. And also the Louisiana wildlife and fisheries assistant secretary Randy policy -- -- always -- seafood how do you. One of our listeners feel about it and understand we know we've got listeners all across the country by way of the web site and at 50000. Watt blowtorch signal. Our local folks ten though a little bit more about a -- do that really that's one of the things we can explore all checked out. What our opinion poll says about how much seafood is being consumed. Since the all prices right after this you're listening to the big 877 WOAMFM. And dot com. In mean if it's happening here you here this year. The news talk and sports leader -- big 871053. WW LF and WWL dot com. Our opinion poll question this morning on operated -- dealerships some poll says -- asked Louisiana officials say you could be dozens of pounds of shrimp every day for five years and not suffer any ill effects in fact they also giving you some other options like five pounds of Louisiana oyster meat. Or nine pounds of Louisiana fish. Every day for five years and still you would be under the health risk for contamination of what is called. Anyway I'll we have joining a look at the results so right now I -- taken are -- okay same amount 79% of you say again I'm not altered his seafood eating habits. Our 6% say you are eating less than before 11% actually eating more than before and now those who eat no seafood at all 5%. Cast that vote and -- BO dot com if you wanna call in and talk about it phone lines are open to 601878. -- 866889. Is 0878 joining us now as I'll sincerity and Al how you do on this morning. I'm okay now and -- I would deliver some oysters are feeling pretty good I normally. Haven't been able to get out occurred only have a few guys that are well work and work it. Some trying to keep them doing well and -- Everything we have been handling it -- mainly come from our western Louisiana. And -- pursue any. And -- -- and capture you know up and down -- the fact that. Bush. Did appoint an it safety of seafood and -- state food. You know and should be concerned about it there's been over 300000. Samples to HM. That have been honored. Odd that lamp -- -- national marine fisheries service from the Food and Drug Administration. -- com. No poppy agers there. And -- level of concern. Now I don't all of those samples. And I know there's question about you know -- smell. Aspin and it and that -- that's -- it. You know much bad told -- more started work it went about. 32 years ago. That song if you are. Don't pretty steady saying. And you don't smell funny thing you know knows. And the -- it is okay and -- -- they're the fishermen might as well. -- Don you know that if something miles this year there's something wrong where it. And it's tinkering with the oil oil is something that you will. Are actually now rattle if it's in our animal round are any -- cheap -- so. -- -- -- -- -- -- At well number I'm just glad it did hear an announcement that I could enjoy a five pounds of voice to meet every day for five years I don't know what kind of shape would it would. Recommended the -- could do it is that is the point without having to exceed any of their health risk for contamination but. As you're saying the most of the oyster crab right now is coming from -- is that would totally unaffected. What does the outlook in -- look when I've been making my efficient trips around the coast on C huge mountains of limestone. Which is being put out there in the spawning grounds no one isn't the prognosis off looked for this upcoming season is are we gonna. Remedy that the loss that we took from opening up all that freshwater diversion or is that. -- and take maybe more than a year to mitigate. Our it'll take more than a year oysters they are going through in three years current market I can comment. And all oysters they didn't -- It's just a large. Majority of them dead and someone in the commercial Harvard business farming areas that. You need to be able to go out and make a certain amount that make your numbers work profitable -- And are so it's something that was used could go on out in Britain the governing Iraq but boy speakers and even more dramatic day. I am gonna go out -- being quiet you did the numbers don't add up. So odd -- got a situation that we find ourselves then they're 28%. Although already acres harvested. In this state and marketed annually come from that eastern. Side of the admit that you were ever on the public -- That area did not open at all this here. And almost all of this seat oysters are -- used. -- plant on both east west side of the net that reverend swap market -- the arms. Was not available for them the plant. So there reaping huge CNET that culture material that lying down. There's people are planning. To go hadn't put it out and get it ready or when no oysters are ready boots on. If they you have good tracks cult material that play out. On here on here bottoms are hot then you'll fine night you'll get undercard. That. It can't be done at the right army condition that they need to be right in. -- word. Hopeful that -- aren't agree that that comment sparked. Well an unintended consequence of that could be could be creating some artificial -- situation would also could improve the efficient whose sole plume and little added benefit to it -- Al thanks for joining us we appreciated in keep on keeping on my friend we need -- to guys around. Aren't -- thank you hide and keep on shocking and it's a good don't know if that's -- copyright and all right as Al sincerity in jail oyster company we come back Christian and -- got a concern about. Testing is safe food ended this the dispersants time was another. Term we are a lot of model last summer and fall we'll be right back after this traffic updates. Honestly don't -- Friday. While -- Friday. As New Orleans is free -- Jumbo the big -- 71053. FM and WWL dot com. -- 8 o'clock hour is going to be gone dedicated to Louisiana seafood we're going to be talking to Randy percent of Louisiana -- and fisheries assistant secretary getting him to explain now how the testing was done. That produce the result saw them to make the statement that you can -- 63 pounds of shrimp a day for five years and still not reached any unsafe levels. From the oil spill our question to you are eating more or less seafood these days 81% -- same amount. 5% saying less. 10% saying more end up 4% saying on no seafood for me please. Cast that vote the WW all dot com if you wanna talk about it. Carlos like Christian did it to 601870. RH 668890878. Christian good morning on Davida BO. Okay good morning thanks for having me not collected for discrete your poll -- by meeting wars he could actually act cut out all seafood. In my diet because I do have some really have -- In the gulf talked to -- figured up the core interest. It is very very very bad chemical it's actually -- and. In most countries around the world do you think you would not show lost in all these testing that they've done. Well the funny thing years it a lot of this independent testing not government testing -- independent testing and. A lot of conscience has been showing. He's on these credible researchers and scientists that have done this if you could if you have that information -- appreciate if you could forthcoming at Donna WWL dot com. Oh absolutely no problem but it depends on whose credibility you're gonna trust BP and the federal government who say. I don't worry about DP there -- okay or you're gonna just look at independents can learn just -- -- to protect the -- eight. Well I basically you know all the protocols that they use the details of when where and how but if you would send it to -- out of competition thank you will be back --