Acadiana’s regional watershed initiatives on the docket at Capitol

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(WVLA) – Governor John Bel Edwards is speaking at the Acadiana Planning Commission Board Meeting on Tuesday, May 29.

After the 2016 Louisiana floods, Acadiana leaders wanted to focus on regional watersheds and they launched an initiative to find solutions.

According to the Acadiana Planning Commission, “Acadiana is now working to build local capacities to allow for long-term science-based decision making for issues relative to drainage and flooding.”

The Commission is working with these offices and institutions on the regional watershed initiative:

  • University of Louisiana Lafayette
  • Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Office of Community Development
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • US Economic Development Administration

APC said a regional watershed initiative was launched, “first working as the pilot watershed in the development of FEMA’s watershed research, then, with the support of Governor Edwards, allocating the regions $25 million mitigation allotment with regional watershed solutions as the primary criteria for project selection.”

Along with the Governor, Colonel Michael Clancy, US Army Corps of Engineers Commander, NOLA District, APC Board members including the Parish and Police Jury Presidents of Acadiana, and members of the Acadiana Legislative Delegation will also speak at today’s Commission Board Meeting.

The Acadiana Planning Commission said “the board meeting will focus on the next steps of Acadiana’s regional watershed initiatives and the collaboration with the efforts of Governor Edwards to develop watershed governance across Louisiana.”

GOHSEP and APC will also give a presentation at the meeting which is scheduled to occur from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the 4th Floor Press Room of the Louisiana State Capitol.

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