Washington, D.C. -
Today, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority - East (SLFPA-E) Commissioner and best-selling author of the book "Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927
and How It Changed America" John M. Barry testified before the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
and Offshore Drilling
Barry addressed the Commission in his capacity as a member of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
. His testimony discussed the circumstances that have lead to the erosion of the Louisiana coast and provided possible solutions for long-term coastal restoration, including an intergovernmental group to address coastal issues.
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"Identifying a few specific things which need to be done is the easy part," Barry said. "The harder part is to devise a governance structure that can accomplish the goal, that can restore as much of the coast as can be restored, and to get the money for it."
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Other presenters at today's meeting include U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu
, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour
and Louisiana Lt. Governor Scott Angelle. The Oil Spill Commission is holding the meeting to hear presentations and statements from various experts related to the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
on the Gulf.
Following Hurricane Katrina
, Mr. Barry was chosen by the Louisiana Congressional Delegation to chair a bipartisan working group on flood control
. Appointed in 2007 and reappointed in 2009, he serves on the Board of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority - East and is a member of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana. He has appeared on NBC's Meet the Press
, PBS NewsHour
and NPR's All Things Considered
, foreign media such as the BBC and Al Jazeera, and has written for The New York Times
, The Washington Post
, Fortune Magazine