NLLD Officials Work to Protect Lafourche Residents from Impacts of Federal Flood Order
Beyond all of the dirt-moving and levee-building that the NLLD does to improve flood protection and drainage in North Lafourche, District officials have also become local champions for our coastal community when it comes to policy issues like flood insurance, permitting for water projects, and flood risk management.
North Lafourche Levee District President Cory Kief and Executive Director Dwayne Bourgeois, for example, will head to Capitol Hill in March to ask for legislation against the proposed new flood risk management standards that could devastate coastal communities like Lafourche Parish.
On January 30, 2015, President Obama signed an Executive Order “Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard,” and FEMA has published a draft of guidelines for implementation. Among other things, the order directs ALL federal agencies to avoid development in the floodplain and does not recognize the unique situation of Louisiana’s coastal communities.
This will potentially stifle any development, new construction, and maintenance of federal buildings. It could also stifle implementation of federal programs and the execution of federal regulatory authority along our coast, with little public input.
NLLD’s Kief and Bourgeois will be working with Senators David Vitter and Bill Cassidy, as well as our entire Congressional delegation and others to demonstrate the potential local impacts of the Executive Order and oppose any new flood risk management rules that could devastate our local economy.
The upcoming trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with Louisiana’s Congressional delegation and other federal policymakers comes on the heels of an earlier trip in January when NLLD officials asked our Congressional delegation to push for a sound approach to water regulations in face of a new proposed rule by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers as well as National Flood Insurance Program reforms.
Bourgeois Named to Federal Flood Map Sub-Committee
NLLD Executive Director Dwayne Bourgeois is one of only 25 people in the nation to be named a member of FEMA’s Technical Mapping Advisory Panel and its sub-committees, which are working on updates to the federal flood map process. Dwayne is the only member from Louisiana.
Bourgeois has been a local expert on federal flood policies over the past several years as local parishes have contested the accuracy of new flood maps as well as significant changes to the federal flood insurance program.
PROJECT UPDATE: CHOUPIC PROJECT AREA
Bayou Onion Right-of-Way Clearing and Maintenance Dredging
|The banks of Bayou Onion are now clear of vegetation that obstructed bayou access and flow.
In November, the North Lafourche Levee District completed a four-month project to clear vegetation and other obstructions along Bayou Onion and adjacent rights-of-way in the Choupic Project Area north of Thibodaux.
Also as part of this project, NLLD
NLLD is using its own equipment to dredge Bayou Onion.
is currently using its own equipment for maintenance dredging in Bayou Onion from the Dixie Canal to the 80 Arpent Canal.
This entire project is being conducted to improve drainage within the NLLD’s Choupic Project Area. It also provides benefits to the Thibodaux area.