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):
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.
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