Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards released the following statement regarding his meeting with Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, regarding the Comite River Diversion Canal. This project, which was initially authorized nearly 30 years ago, is eligible for new funding from the Army Corps of Engineers.
“This morning, Secretary Shawn Wilson and I had the opportunity to sit down with Director Mulvaney to discuss the funding options for the Comite River Diversion Canal Project. We had a very productive meeting and were able to provide him with critical information related to this project. For more than 30 years, Comite has been stalled, and following the 2016 floods, its importance has only grown. During the meeting, we highlighted the millions of dollars Louisiana taxpayers have spent on this project while waiting for federal funds that were promised from the Army Corps of Engineers. Following several meetings with Corps officials, I am confident that they remain committed to this effort. As Director Mulvaney evaluates which projects should be funded through Congress’ latest appropriation, we will continue to work closely with his team to provide them the necessary information that will shed light on the need for them to fund Comite as soon as possible. This project has been delayed for far too long, and we hope to have a commitment from them in the near future.”