Protecting People, Property and Our Way of Life

May 2016 E-Newsletter

May 17, 2016

By: North Lafourche Levee District

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Protecting Our People, Our Property
and Our Way of Life
May 17,  2016
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Upcoming NLLD Meetings
TODAY
Tuesday,
 May 17, 2016
NLLD Office
3862 Highway 1  Raceland
5:00 pm
Finance & Priority Committee Meeting
Agenda
5:15 pm
Regular Meeting of the
Board of Commissioners

Agenda

2016 NLLD
Board of Commissioners  
Cory Kief,
President 

Kenney Matherne,
Secretary/Treasurer

Timothy Allen

Louis Andolsek, Jr.

Rodney Foret

Darcy Kiffe

Adley Peltier

Elmo Pitre, III

Robert Pitre

Shawn Preston, Sr.

 

Dwayne Bourgeois,
Executive Director

Madonna Viguerie,
Administrative Assistant

Thank you for your leadership and service!

About the NLLD  
The North Lafourche Conservation, Levee, and Drainage District (known as NLLD) was formed in 1992 to provide drainage and flood protection services for the northern portion of Lafourche Parish, including the entire parish north of the Intracoastal Canal.

The District includes over 250 miles of levees and drainage canals, and over 40 pump stations.

The NLLD office is located at 3862 Highway 1
Raceland, LA  70394Phone:  985-537-2244

NLLD Will Help with Morganza to the Gulf Levee Project in Lafourche
The North Lafourche Levee District wll provide equipment to assist the South Lafourche Levee District and Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District with construction and mitigation for two segments of the Morganza-to-the-Gulf Hurricane Protection Projectfrom Pointe Aux Chene to Cut Off.
The NLLD deepwater excavator will be used to support the dredging of Grand Bayou so that dredge material can be used to build up the first lift for Reach K of the levee system, closest to Pointe Aux Chene. The excavator will also be used to create marsh terracing as part of the wetlands mitigation required for Reaches K and L, which connect to the South Lafourche Levee System.
“These two segments of Morganza will be very important in providing hurricane flood protection to the western side of Lafourche, from Larose to Thibodaux.  Anything NLLD can do to create these extra ‘hurdles’  to protect our own levees from storm surge is beneficial to our community,”  says NLLD Executive Director Dwayne Bourgeois.
“We are delighted to be able to help our neighbors with this critical project,”  he adds.
Work on Morganza Levee Reaches K and L in Lafourche Parish should begin this year.
Deep Water Marsh Buggy
The NLLD Deep Water Marsh Buggy
Marsh Terracing  will be done for wetland mitigation
 
Mitigation Policy May Help Control Costs of Levee Projects
 
The cost of a levee project isn’t just the cost of actually building the levee. Constructing required mitigation projects to offset any impacts to wetlands also figures into the equation, and here in coastal Louisiana, this mitigation can be very expensive and can significantly delay flood protection for our community.
That’s why the North Lafourche Levee District and other local levee districts have been working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to revamp the mitigation requirements.  Lower costs ultimately provide greater opportunity to build levees.
As a result of advocacy by the NLLD and others, USACE announced a new mitigation procedure called Louisiana Rapid Assessment Method (LRAM) that is much less subjective in calculating the mitigation required for levee projects along our coast.
The NLLD will continue to closely monitor the policy change to determine the new procedure’s effects on planned levee project budgets. We are hopeful that the process will result in a more cost-effective method for protecting our community.
   
 
NLLD works daily to protect our people, our property and our way of life in Lafourche Parish!
 
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