Louisiana Watershed Initiative-Provisional Watershed District 2

Governor John Bel Edwards established the Council on Watershed Management which serves as the coordinated, interagency structures at the state level for watershed-based, flood-risk reduction and planning in response to 2016 floods/disaster declarations.

The Louisiana Watershed Initiative was created to coordinate watershed-based, flood-risk reduction and planning on a regional level. There are eight provisional watershed districts created to begin to manage watershed/flood plain planning activities throughout the state. In Central Louisiana, the Provisional Watershed District 2 includes the following parishes (or part of the following parishes):

  • Avoyelles
  • Bienville
  • Caldwell
  • Catahoula
  • Grant
  • Jackson
  • LaSalle
  • Lincoln
  • Rapides
  • Winn

Also included in the Provisional Watershed District 2 are parts of Concordia and Ouachita Parishes and two sovereign nations: the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians and the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana.

Kisatchie-Delta Regional Planning & Development District is the fiscal agent and coordinator for Provisional Watershed District 2 and is working with the Rapides Area Planning Commission to ensure comprehensive and inclusive planning throughout the region.

The Provisional Watershed District 2 has a steering committee that will guide a regional initiative for regional projects and needs. The purpose of the Committee is to provide policy guidance to the Council (Council on WatershedManagement-a statewide, interagency initiative) on Watershed Management and advance regional coordination for watershed/floodplain-based flood risk reduction and water management.

For more details about the Louisiana Watershed Initiative, go to http://www.watershed.la.gov or contact Cheri Soileau, AICP, at 318-487-5454.

 

Please refer to the “Meetings, Events, Notices” section under the “EXPLORE” tab for notices, agendas, minutes and other related postings.

Please note that under Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law, the Steering Committee is classified as such and will follow these regulations:
“As an advisory committee established for the purpose of providing advice and recommendations to the Council on Watershed Management and the Louisiana Office of Community Development, this Committee constitutes a “public body” under La. R.S. 42:13 and is thus subject to and will follow the Louisiana Open Meetings Law (La. R.S. 42:11-28). Consequently, in the event of any conflict between any term, condition, or provision set forth herein and any mandate of OCD or Open Meeting Law, the latter shall prevail.
In addition, the Committee will follow the guidelines of the Louisana Office of Community Development and provide notice at least 5 business days of notice for any official meeting of the Committee or sub-committee.”