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Gov. Edwards going to Europe to tour new flood control solutions

By: - August 4, 2022 12:32 pm
Gov. Edwards going to Europe to tour new flood control solutions

Gov. John Bel Edwards will travel to Europe on Friday for a 10-day trip to explore flood control challenges facing France and the Netherlands that could be implemented in Louisiana. (Julie O’Donoghue/Louisiana Illuminator)

Gov. John Bel Edwards will travel to Europe on Friday for a 10-day trip to examine new flood control innovations in France and the Netherlands that could be implemented in Louisiana. 

Edwards will travel with a delegation of state and business leaders at the invitation of Netherlands Special Envoy for International Water Affairs Henk Ovink, according to a news release issued Thursday. 

The group will visit Amsterdam and Delft to see the country’s latest flood control and water management infrastructure innovations such as the Noordwaard polder — a low lying tract of farmland that acts as a floodplain or a spillway — and the Deltares Delta Flume project, which is the most advanced wave test facility in the world.

The governor will also travel to Normandy, France — the site of the 1944 D-Day invasion — to pay tribute to Louisiana’s World War II veterans and raise awareness about a $400 million capital campaign that will help fund new additions to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. Those include the recent dedication of the Bollinger Canopy of Peace, the opening of the post-war focused Liberation Pavilion later this year, and a brick-and-mortar museum campus expansion scheduled for completion in spring 2023.

The delegation will depart on Friday, Aug. 5, and return on Sunday, Aug. 14. 

Edwards will use the trip to advance Louisiana’s economic interests in meetings with international companies. 

Executives from Shell will join the governor and economic development officials to discuss the energy industry’s transition and potential future investments in the state. Terminal Investments Limited, a company headquartered in Switzerland with dozens of shipping container terminals across the globe, will meet with the delegation to discuss supply chain challenges as the Port of New Orleans looks to expand Louisiana’s infrastructure.



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Wesley Muller
Wesley Muller

Wes Muller traces his journalism roots back to 1997 when, at age 13, he built and launched a hyper-local news website for his New Orleans neighborhood. In the years since then, he has freelanced for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans and worked on staff at the Sun Herald in Biloxi, WAFB-9News CBS in Baton Rouge, and the Enterprise-Journal in McComb, Mississippi. He also taught English as an adjunct instructor at Baton Rouge Community College. Much of his journalism has involved reporting on First Amendment issues and coverage of municipal and state government. He has received recognitions including McClatchy's National President's Award, the Associated Press Freedom of Information Award, and the Daniel M. Phillips Freedom of Information Award from the Mississippi Press Association, among others. Muller is a New Orleans native, a Jesuit High School alumnus, a University of New Orleans alumnus and a veteran U.S. Army paratrooper. He lives in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, with his two sons and his wife, who is also a journalist.