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Lawsuit filed against Corps of Engineers

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Press conference on Feb. 9, 2018 Press conference on Feb. 9, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Landry, with the support of Congressman Garret Graves, announced a lawsuit today in Lafayette against the Corps of Engineers. 
"The decline of Louisiana's coastline over the past 50 years has been a constant issue for Louisiana," said Landry. "Unfortunately, the creation of the Intracoastal Waterway by the Corps has exasperated the problem."

"I commend General Landry and I strongly support this lawsuit today," said Congressman Graves. "It is the right thing to do, and this enforcement is long overdue. Our own federal government should be protecting our rights not treading on them. The bottom line is that if this were happening in California, New York, Florida or Illinois, it would have been stopped and restored decades ago. We cannot stand idle and allow Louisiana to be treated any differently." 

In constructing the Intracoastal Waterway, the Corps sought and received a servitude to build and maintain the waterway, according to the AG's press release. That servitude allegedly limited the Corps to 300 feet of land use. Today, that channel is as much as 900 feet wide in certain locations, three times the width of the original servitude granted, stated in the release. According to Landry,the Intracoastal Waterway has contributed to land loss, saltwater intrusion, and coastal erosion; and the purpose of this lawsuit is to address that.
Landry was supported in this effort by Congressman Garret Graves, who was scheduled to be at the event, but had to be in Washington D.C. due to the late budget vote. 
"The failure of the Corps to maintain and preserve the servitude has caused thousands of acres of land along our coast to be lost," concluded General Landry. "The Corps is in direct violation of their servitude agreement.  Our lawsuit demands that the Corps of Engineers be enjoined from any further violations of its servitude and restore the damage caused by those violations."  

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