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7-14-14 12:10pm Garland: on coastal erosion

Jul 14, 2014|

Garland talks with Jerome Zeringue of Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority of Louisiana, as well as Dale Benoit and Robin Barnes of CCRE, about the master plan to stop coastal erosion in Louisiana.

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Communities in content of the -- Did you say that we sustained two point seven billion dollars annually. Who pay for the insurance companies. It's a different thing that's a factor that I consider all associated impact it's not just. Specific you. Insurance reimbursements are -- could be also that district duck (%expletive) and all the other factors associated we. Storms impact to -- a -- -- we still losing a football field an hour of the Brooklyn's. Unfortunately we will continue to do that lets -- Significant. Incidence in our -- but we all and that -- of the difficult things in what we do it. The port city. -- many projects. A Portland -- protection measures that we are implementing. And look at Porsche creation should restoration. They've published an airboat in an airplane so that the -- history but we Orton making. Some significant progress in terms of the dressing. Up is getting -- exploding we have a player. And that land is. Had. We will achieve that sustainability. In terms that we -- in the first twenty to thirty years -- the implementation and display and were successful. In -- That will reverse that trend that measuring football duke loss. Every. 38. That treatment is now. That we will within. Turn it two we're we're building with alt field at 38 and it -- purchase. Thirties we. That should just drop the laws of our coast change the psychology letting other. But. We projects grant that we -- and we will get to the point we're we're building we're losing which is something we but first we can say. And that nineteen there. Aren't under you got limited time -- take our purge for a more come back. Steel 510 more minutes of your time on Britney would wrong Zurich -- running executive rector. The guy in charge Joba trying to save the coats dubbed them via. Are welcome back a contender or -- forward -- deriving. Executive director of coastal protection rest ration or do you wish you ladies and gentlemen try and -- -- room being inundated by the golf. And draw home a Brenda a -- was led coalition New Orleans Baton Rouge terrible in the push. Have formed some -- coalition for coastal resilience. And the economy. Or or you -- involved in this what do you make of this. I went to their inaugural meeting and were -- -- to get a fortunately -- essentially it is business. Organization to organization that working with businesses. Two were born giving him put all -- educating them or what's going forward coast it's if -- its. In short order and opportunities to get out certain aspects. Both economy and all stakeholders engaged in the process so I think anything that increases awareness and participation. And having. The business community is -- which are expected. I'll be typical. Our coast and at that basic typically expected but these types of things only enhance our ability you get the word gets the support that we need. Of oil and read paragraph promo one of our local and Peru its. Says though we still lawmakers agreed to in 2012. To use the money for the coast. But they have refused since then the strength of protections for restore act money and the new coach -- cultural trust one. At this point is simple majority vote Obama a little while the state to attack happened to that money would be huge mistake. Well what are your thoughts or is it is is that money security you'd think. -- money govern that administration has indicated that the morning restored or to be specific to where it was intended to address those issues. For the impact the so you'll feel there is. Bill will pass to dedicate more or restoration there was an attempt to constitutionally. Dedicated but it it this year but. There have been -- -- legislation dedicate that -- too little too restoration in store in mitigating impacts associated. Which -- -- and competent that money that spare analogy will be put to a -- Her home I appreciate it very much -- hit anything -- you want to -- that have been over Hugo will go audience. Well I appreciate the opportunity well again I think it's important as we enter into this -- -- he's. It's important to get plan at all aspects are addressing potential vulnerabilities but also the fact that restoring and protecting our coast does it. Important. Or the habitat resource is that they also but the communities and a significant resources at this stage to end all so. A restoration can our protection and resiliency that goes desperately need in -- Need to be mindful that it should own beliefs and disassociate with -- as well. Romans is always. Appreciate. Your time good. And Souter with the -- -- bin ball. Are thrown in -- -- small -- owner do welcome pre change them. And Robin board's executive vice president of a bunch of things but primarily due -- one and welcome. Robert post overview. Of business coalition. And this day it seemed like -- bill that does. For a long time and all of a sudden there's -- looked like businesses real incumbent norm. It's not the first time that business has been very supportive of coastal restoration there were. Coalitions that developed as -- you're advocating for the passage of the restore act on the federal level. And of course king milling in the America's wetland foundation. Have been strong leaders of bringing them business world into. Coastal restoration issue. The difference. Now is that these are local business leaders that are starting to look at the economic opportunity for coastal restoration. We. Believe in the an iron iron business coalition that the coalition proposed a resilience in economy. -- believes strongly that if we don't protect our environment. We don't have an economy. And on top of that there are multiple opportunities to trade economic opportunity for our local workforce. And local businesses as well so I think what we're doing here is really linking economic development to the environment and coastal restoration. There. We'll call and there are a lot of the reasons that the business community needs to be on the front of this issue one foremost it is it is restoring our coast. As Robin mentioned there will be a lot of business opportunities that they come away as a result of restoration there's billions of dollars planned to be spent. And why not facilitate our local businesses getting their share of that. Also as we look at at some of the restoration work looked looks poised to. Create some problems may be for for fishermen oyster men that that's a big debate that's going on now. And in these these people need to be. Brought along -- they have their other opportunities for for their livelihood. In the process of restoring the coast didn't give me an idea of opportunities. That board talked. Well the I guess the sediment and pipeline. Is gonna require the implementation lots of dredges lots of workers -- a -- stretches around -- and that's one aspect of coastal restoration. We saw on the BP oil spill how a lot of these guys who put to work. Helping to to facilitate some of the barrier island rebuilding and some of the clean but the coast. And as we what Giannone is good that is is coming out with the with ideas and bringing people together it just as we -- workforce training going on now and a lot of educational institutions how we put together programs that will train people to work in the coastal restoration. Rob can you give me instances. To work or don't ever do is go to UN -- Tulane and say we're gonna need to ABC sports sports the blueprint. All of that and even starting with awareness in the high school rules as to opportunities. What's really interesting is that there's tremendous alignment between the jobs that are on needing to be filled for coastal restoration. And other industries for example industries associated with energy them industries associated with advanced manufacturing. Oil and gas everybody needs a welder everybody needs a machinist. Here's a huge opportunity now to invest in our workforce. So that they will have transferable skills and that's both on -- skilled crafts level but as well when it's down. That can be -- leverage for all of these various industries that are so important to our economy. -- He would do you foresee you and and rubble it is in question. I've been the Netherlands a couple of times and they gave me an industry out of their survival. Coming up with the patents coming up with the ideas. Sell it and and controlling it appeared -- world ought to do gardeners see that here that's exactly the goal the goal is that. We can do that -- week we have already we have expertise that -- exporting now on hurricane recovery that you know it's been involved with we were Robin -- New York for six months after American sandy. Helping them to teach you and what we learned down here after Katrina the same thing can happen in coastal restoration and I think will happen. We have the expertise we've built the energy infrastructure. For around the world builds on the bayous of Louisiana we can do that the next board that type of technology and expertise we can certainly do the same coastal restoration. And become. A viable entity in that regard justice of the -- says Robin give me an example what do you do -- -- -- and then. New York percent. -- while I was on the presidents hurricane sandy rebuilding task force and there we really brought to bear the. The programs that we hand. Gotten off the ground around community resilience and also around small business recovery. But the real proof in the pudding. Here is that. Louisiana based country Louisiana based companies are managing 300 million dollars of time federal contracts and New York State. In New Jersey contracts and so this is really. Evidence that we have built up this actor -- he focused through Louisiana via. As we've built up a sector it exists currently and that's a sector that has developed since Katrina. -- and doing a wide variety of disaster recovery we have for example particularly. Expertise in managing CD BT and FEMA dollars we know how to do that we know how to develop -- program. Comedic moment block -- disaster recovery -- So we have that expertise we are currently exporting it people are currently looking to last. We're now looking to transition man or expand that into -- also coastal restoration and water management. -- take a break here produce outcome of the rug back. If your business up there -- few wars somebody's looking for draw and you'd like to. Implement. You're weary in two groups coastal management. It's coalition for schools will Brazilians. And the economy. And welcome back end to questions. Respond to comments to basic 01 it's doubly so for anywhere in the country. Six cents in the dollar and zero -- -- Are welcome guys were worth thinking about once again coach rose ration. And the main reason several reasons. There's a new business led coalition and its New Orleans Baton Rouge and terrible bush. Called coalition for coach who resilience and the economy. And we -- -- while -- this. Former you know that your and small business so plug and parish. Robin board's executive vice president period and week and those of you who nude or nude for the show. You should know that you -- I think. Probably. Not be it's definitely in the top three agencies. That brought this city back and continues. To do great thing for all of us. Deal what what kind of business. I own a -- companies now oppose the weekly papers in Clark was in pairs. You. And made you care. Or. You do justice and small business from this. Type of Coolidge. What there are so many issues that are important to our continued existence in Louisiana that. As a small business owner or members of small business associations we don't have the band with the finances the manpower to. To tackle. But when you take an organization -- -- knowing which combines the businesses and business organizations from ten parishes and you put them together. -- -- creative voice that can be reckoned with than. It's been it's been a five year. Track since Michael -- has come on board is the president CO2 -- -- His focus has always been. Working for our region and we're seeing the fruits of those labor is now because as a regional we have an issue like and a five. We have the the band -- to move an issue like that. We thinking that we now looking to do anything new here with this community we were supporting the CP -- -- were supporting American violence. But we think what we good -- is bringing all the ideas to focus and helping to come out with with. Better focus and pinpoint goal here. So it's not that we gonna graduate studies and in review and study its -- that we a look at what's out there and see that the best science has brought to bear. That the best effort has brought to bear on contact when it's. Robert just mentioned it when we're talking all year. Through years. Expert after expert boredom would create carbon -- we've done with the elements. Oil companies construction company in mining companies decades we've done it. Well West Coast in particular. Or we do for the wetlands. And -- old story I think yesterday. -- recall ecosystem investment partners. Helping to rebuild bowl and for that show. And the Wrigley is I think it is. Is is that kind of thing something. That that's only gonna be a few competitors one of the things that could be it. I think that's one of the things that could be big our challenge here is to make sure that we have. Enough resources to do -- very vast. An and large amount of work that needs to be done. So looking for variant of native ways to develop resources. Public private partnerships and also the local company -- resources that is doing some of that work in terms of wetlands than and covering pennants and so. There's huge opportunity to be innovative here you know where in and and that -- -- great thing is that. Louisiana has. Potential to really paved the way for the us and lead the nation and our image in us. Does this may be off the subject to board trio won't talk about but I think it all comes back to business. Where's the money. Look at master plan during your civilian program it. But the major money that piracy and hundreds of -- and no no not them would be. Or the first three years. And then everything after that is if we. Should -- -- so forth and so on they would where do you -- mommy -- with us. While the the issue is Scioscia never again if you I see public opinion polls over the last many years and if you ask people. In this state was the number one issue facing Louisiana. They'll say coastal erosion and that that's the people in Shreveport and Monroe so. We've done a great job getting the message out that this is a severe problem that is it will affect the entire state. And we have to continue getting that message out about how we fund it so. Who knows -- and that there are dedicated funds that are coming in that we have the availability to spend. We need to monitor how much progress can be made without money and then in May need to go to a public vote to read do read increased villages in Paris is to increase the state sales tax. Not advocating that now with the resources. Will have to be found we've got to get through these first few years. -- There are some resources in place. -- and conserve as a foundation -- -- for example the deep water horizon oil spill has presented us with an opportunity for resources already to date. This is for the -- Gulf Coast Asus isn't just Louisiana. 3.5. Actually almost two point six billion dollars have been committed and buying multiple resource with the oil. That's not five state share. That's the top that's the for the for the five -- that's what didn't commit a few days or however that does not include. The restore act funds that are still again to be determined by the courts and greatly so badly people. That is confused. Well -- that -- the trial going to reconvene in early 2015. And hopefully then we'll have a better idea. And what's coming but what we're looking and has the potential of. On four to seventeen billion dollars again for the five. States so we don't know yet what Louisiana share won't be but we are talking about numbers in terms of billions and that's what Republican. And and that is money that George -- -- omelet for our world that grows. Do note how much we yeah. That's still you would be very big urges. All right take a break come right back portions comments -- -- Through 60187. Are welcome back up talking about coastal restoration. Again. -- we've been talking about it for about forty years. This situation this stuff is and we've had a two week. Business coalitions -- war and gotten involved but now there's new and coalition proposed rule resilience. And the economy. Business people in the organization's. New Orleans Baton Rouge terrible push religions. And in the same boat took you were born June we view and watch it and brought the -- Do and so view. I envision a -- call them with bush and terrible. You. What the military management. All these different entities -- be in -- coalition. Once a month meetings or telephones. Well this is that might sound strange but this is going to be a group without meetings. We think that white board and the we think that more can be accomplished by the board members being on the ground saying. The status of where the coast -- now. Looking at projects that are already under way that it has benefit. Beginning -- everyone educated so that we can you know naturally we will converge at times and to conference calls but. Getting everyone educated on this is this is a situation in which they will go further than any type meetings. For his organization Giannone chasm. A great team that can mean it's this type of project we pulled together over 300 organizations around the country. In the unified he fights and this is something that it's closer to home and should be easy to manage. And I've -- that the insurance battle. That's correct via the battle to hit the -- waters flood insurance. Put on hold for awhile. And and Robin. A foreigners. To Ford -- to get businesses. Coalitions could look at this as one of two countries. That flood insurance is solved for the time being there's no -- in the city. Next and there's big storm we could be in big trouble right you. How do you balance business against that situation. Well. And in this is I think why were doing us. Is that this is exactly and. The the issue at hand -- this is the challenge at hand in the hell can we make ourselves more inch world. And how do we invest in resilience and and it happy urban water management lower coastal restoration and. We need to do that and a business sector is gonna play a role. Build. Business community or very happy with the master plan a modicum ranging powers pipeline. Controversy between them. Seafood industry and us that he is and you -- ball and that. I think there -- a lot of a lot of issues that are in debate right now that. That we're not going to be involved in per say we will hopefully bring to bear at the science that polls today. So generally you have to you have to do something here despite and that's part of the the concern about. About the money not be protected is that you have different interest that are battling an issue. And the money's not being spent to give the opportunity -- to be taken and used for things so we we don't want to see that happen. And its followers via the -- there's -- sentiments. In my personal opinion is that they. We we can't command and put Houston urges them completely wipe out the fisheries and restore our culture. But the same token we have the way to balance on how much protection do -- from. Living in plaque -- left one night for Hurricane Katrina came back down the day after the storm from bankers. And saw from day one way it happened one needs to take place. You know we talk about the billions of dollars in Levy protection that level of protection is not the long term solution for flight protects -- long term solution. Is rebuilding the coast to have the offer and it's been said over no but it's so important. Which would it take every person stadium helicopter Rocco goes. It would it would scare them to death and you get it plans to receive fuel built and we've solved the problem there. You know it looks like we've become in Venice now mean Venice Louisiana this. It looks like our city attorney in the Venice. When you see it from the air and we we have to stop that. Well let me take one more break and more comebacks in stay when there's and those teams that vote will -- view right there's. -- -- wrap things up we're we're talking about a new business coalition. Called the coalition for coast resilience and the economy. You know week one with the warden there organizations. -- him for a after Katrina. And have done more to help this idiot thing than virtually and deodorant. And we have two people -- of them do -- big -- is you know former Juneau we -- share. And -- and Boren who's a current executive vice president. But what we're talking again about this -- the year. What I have. Neighborhood groups appears or highly educated highly motivated not being paid. For what they do they're just concerned about their community and try and get something done. Would do you were mentioning you're not sitting put somewhere don't we might be. -- To pay for the protections stay here. And a lot of people just don't trust anybody in power. Does your coalition helped to start to change that is that part of the mission statement. Absolutely I think by bringing a little bit closer by bringing consensus of the tea. We're also bringing their employees to the table and essentially what were what were trying to stress is that. We don't have a workforce we don't have livelihoods we don't count. A way of participating in this economy if we don't have our environment. And so finding away for people to. Come make a contribution to that whether it's. You know it is some of the ways that we discussed today whether it's -- working with their business on what are some strategies. It we need to -- involved and -- -- it can't just be done by government and it can't just be done and silence. There and what we've done -- -- of his parish is so. It's try to show people how investing in the flood protection coastal restoration benefits them witness the local government -- has put up some money for a local plan. In the gold heirs to show them that insurance rates can decrease that if you. If you look in the long term that the money you invest in the future and we have to show them it is an investment that the state has to put money up or individuals have put money up in some way. That it is an investment that will benefit them in the long run. How does somebody get involved business person listening right now and says. A Morgan. Called you know link. I'll talk to anybody who like to be involved and won't find a way to invite you. Palin thing premieres. I think that it's important. That people. Get involved and in the goal of this Colin Tennessee you know you have to start somewhere. I keep referring to the unified. People here and it spread across the country this is a coalition that we're starting. In the New Orleans area which in going to space but it will spread to the rest of the coast and all Louisiana and and hopefully. We will have that the same it's it's been very well received here in the last few days at the press release came out. Hopefully we show people in the short time that it it would benefit. -- leader Michael. Getting a little older than that I'm volunteering tickle forum you know in the time you've worked with somebody. Double BO don't go away and Julie hill is next.