Posted: Jul 26, 2012 2:24 PM by Press Release
In a major victory for Senate District 21 and the surrounding areas, Governor Bobby Jindal announced St. Mary Levee District President William H. "Bill" Hidalgo as a new appointee to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) Board.
Hidalgo's leadership was instrumental during the high water event of 2011, and the temporary structure that closed off Bayou Chene, a project that Hidalgo oversaw, protected countless areas from major flooding.
Sen. Bret Allain welcomed the news from Gov. Jindal as "a big win not only for St. Mary Parish, but the entire region."
"Bill's strong record on flood control will be a major asset for the board going forward. His real-world experience, his proven success, and his tremendous leadership will be evident on CPRA," Sen. Allain added.
CPRA is charged with developing and implementing a comprehensive protection plan that includes an annual plan along with a "Master Plan" that is updated every five years. Since 2005, coastal restoration and hurricane protection has been a coordinated effort designed to better protect and enhance Louisiana's coast.
One of CPRA's stated goals is to "establish a safe and sustainable coast that will protect our communities, the nation's critical energy infrastructure, and our bountiful natural resources for generations to come."
Sen. Allain concluded, "I can't think of a better leader than Bill Hidalgo to represent us on CPRA-his vision as President of St. Mary Levee District and his commitment to protecting our homes and businesses from flooding is proven and real. CPRA will be well-served with his knowledge and expertise for years to come."