Local agencies now have an opportunity to be involved in a collaborative endeavor that will change the way Louisiana manages flood risk. Thanks to the proponents of Louisiana Watershed Initiative (LWI) and Governor John Bel Edward’s long-term vison of sustainability and resilience through watershed-based solutions. The historic flood in March and August 2016 brought the emergency response agencies and experts together. It was an opportune time to re-ponder upon what Louisiana could do to improve floodplain management and risk-reduction planning at all levels of government. It is critical that everybody understands the lingering impact that any flood or extreme weather event leaves behind especially in the lives of affected families and loved ones.
With issuance of the Executive Order (EO JBE18-16), Governor Edwards designated key agencies to establish the Council on Watershed Management Agencies that will primarily lead the efforts of the initiative. These agencies include the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), Office of Community Development (OCD), Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), and Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (DWF). Read more.