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Landrieu, Royal Netherlands Embassy Lead Third CODEL To Study Dutch Coastal Restoration, Flood Control Efforts

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WASHINGTON — United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., along with the Royal Netherlands Embassy, will lead a third Congressional Delegation to the Netherlands, from Nov. 9 – 12, 2010, to study the Dutch’s integrated water management systems and coastal restoration efforts. This trip will also include an oil-spill response component.

Louisiana and administration officials will join Sen. Landrieu and the Royal Netherlands Embassy to learn about the Dutch’s world-class water management and flood protection system. The Netherlands shares many of Louisiana’s challenges in coastal restoration and protecting communities and economic infrastructure below sea level.

“Just as the Dutch responded to their 1953 flood with a robust, integrated water management system and substantially strengthened their flood protection infrastructure, we too must strategically and smartly design and implement coastal protection plans,” Sen. Landrieu said. “The Dutch system provides a world-class blueprint of restoring coastal areas, managing water in urban areas and enhancing flood protection measures for families and businesses who call the Gulf Coast home. Our friendship with the Dutch was forged by water and is strengthened by our continued exchange of comprehensive solutions to not only live around the water, but live with it.”

“The Netherlands and the United States are each other’s best ally when in times of flood, water-related disasters,” said Ambassador Renée Jones-Bos. “The United States helped the Dutch during our 1953 flood, and Dutch help was on its way to the Gulf Coast within hours of Katrina's landfall. And our relationship grows deeper each day. Whether it is the Dutch learning from the U.S. approach to emergency management, or the U.S. learning how the Dutch live with water, the Netherlands-Louisiana partnership is exemplified by our work with Louisiana and numerous provincial and municipal leaders, leading academics, urban designers and some of the world's best hydraulic and civil engineers, biologists and hydrologists.”

Following their historic flood in 1953, Dutch officials and engineers developed a comprehensive flood control system to protect the country and emerged as international leaders in the field of integrated water management. After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Netherlands was one of the first countries to extend support to Louisiana and other affected Gulf Coast communities.

This year’s visit to the Netherlands will build on a series of previous trips, meetings and workshops with a particular focus on flood control and protecting communities in a delta; designing and using urban space to better live with the water; and developing a new science-based governance model for implementing water management plans for South Louisiana.

The CODEL will meet with a variety of Dutch government officials, academics and water management experts including:

• Mr. Joop Atsma, Vice Minister, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
• Ms. Annemieke Nijhof, Director General for Water Management, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
• Ms. Paula Verhoeven, Director of the Rotterdam Climate Initiative
• Mr. Harry Baayen, Executive Director of Deltares
Tentative press availabilities include:
• Thursday, Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. at Deltares in Delft
• Friday, Nov. 12 at 2:30 p.m. at Watersnoodmuseum in Zeeland
For those wishing to learn more about the trip, daily trip updates, including blog posts by Sen. Landrieu, can be found at landrieu.senate.gov/mediacenter/blog.cfm and facebook.com/senatorlandrieu, or http://landrieu.senate.gov/mediacenter/pressreleases/10-04-2010-1.cfm

For more information on the visit, including scheduled press availabilities, press should contact Carla Bundy at 202-274-2632 or cy.bundy@minbuza.nl or Sen. Landrieu’s press office at 202-224-4893 or media@landrieu.senate.gov.