A Jindal administration official says he hopes the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, in an October report, will help change the way that the Army Corps of Engineers manages the Mississippi River.
State Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Chairman Garret Graves said Monday that the federal panel should identify the hurdles to preventing erosion.
Graves blamed delays by the Corps for continuing losses to coastal land. He said reconnecting the Mississippi River to adjacent wetlands in Louisiana would prevent erosion, which could devastate the national energy and freight industries.
The Gulf Coast task force was tasked by President Barack Obama with restoring, rebuilding and protecting the Gulf of Mexico and the communities nearby.
Despite harsh words, Graves also thanked the Corps for help with recent flooding.