Protecting People, Property and Our Way of Life

Lake Bouef Watershed

The boundary is the area enclosed by a polygon beginning at the intersection of the Lafourche Parish Line and LA Highway 20. The boundary continues generally eastward along the Lafourche Parish line to the intersection of US Highway 90 and the Lafourche Parish Line in Des Allemandes. The boundary then continues southwest along US Highway 90 to the intersection of US highway 90 and LA Highway 182 where it continues southwest to Bayou Lafourche. The boundary then meanders up the east bank of Bayou Lafourche to the intersection of Laurel Valley Road. The boundary then returns generally north along Laurel Valley Road turning northwest on the Choctaw Road then north and east along LA Highway 20 back to the point of beginning. The 2010 Census shows a population of 6,033 in this Project Area which represents a 5% decrease in population over the last 20 years with a 2% decrease in the last 10 years.

 

Backwater Flood Protection Levees:  This broadly defined project would include making improvements to various existing backwater flood protection levees within the project area. Targeted areas include the communities of Kraemer and Bayou Bouef along Highways 20 and 307 and the Community of Choctaw from the Laurel Valley Road to Highway 307 along the Choctaw Road. In addition, the northwest part of the Des Allemandes Community in Lafourche Parish falls within this project area. Several subdivisions in the Raceland area would also benefit from this project. In December of 2009, NLLD worked with the Parish to create a new levee system parallel and adjacent to the Choctaw road which was being inundated due to heavy rains. This broadly scoped project is assigned the following COA and estimated funding is primarily for overall development of projects.

Project COA 6600.50Z, Estimated Cost: $100,000.00

 

Hurricane Isaac in August of 2012 pushed record high water into the upper portions of the Barataria Basin. This high water topped several backwater flood protection levees in this Project Area. The following individual projects are being added as a result of this newly demonstrated weakness to flood protection. While no levees were breached, significant sandbagging efforts were required in the following systems.

La Butte Forced Drainage Area / Backwater Protection Levees: This 79 acre forced drainage system in the Choctaw Community protects 60 residences. The system has approximately 11,750 feet of ring levees providing backwater flooding protection. Forced drainage of the area is accomplished with a single pump station with 1-18” and 1- 24” diesel fueled, engine driven pumps. Overall, the ring levees are insufficient in height and profile. Hurricane Isaac topped the levees in two locations and threatened in additional locations. Proposed improvements would include re-capping and re-shaping the entire ring levee, clearing and widening an internal drainage channel, making improvements at the existing pump station and adding a new small pump station

Project COA 6600.60Z, Estimated Cost: $1,191,300.00

Sixth Ward Middle School Forced Drainage Area / Backwater Protection Levees: This 30 acre forced drainage system in the Choctaw Community protects 1 residence, the Sixth Ward Middle School, the Sixth Ward Library, and the LPG Choctaw Field Office. The system has approximately 3,750 feet of ring levees providing backwater flooding protection. Forced drainage of the area is accomplished with a single pump station with 1-16” NG fueled, engine driven pump. Overall, the ring levees are insufficient in height and profile. The Choctaw Road, which makes up a portion of the backwater protection, is also at insufficient elevation.  Hurricane Isaac topped the road embankment in two locations and threatened in additional locations. Proposed improvements would include re-capping and re-shaping the entire ring levee, heightening the road embankment and making improvements at the existing pump station.

Project COA 6600.61Z, Estimated Cost: $587,300.00

Rink / Choctaw Fire Station Forced Drainage Area / Backwater Protection Levees: This 382 acre forced drainage system in the Choctaw Community protects 204 residences, several businesses, and other infrastructure. The system has approximately 36,689 feet of ring levees providing backwater flooding protection. Forced drainage of the area is accomplished with two pump stations. The Choctaw Fire Station Pump station has 1 – 36” diesel fueled, engine driven pump. The Rink Pump Station has 1 – 36” diesel fueled, engine driven pump. Overall, the ring levees are insufficient in height and profile with multiple encroachments.  Hurricane Isaac topped the levee system in one location and threatened in additional locations. Proposed improvements would include re-capping and re-shaping the entire ring levee, adding additional pump cross connection capacity across Choctaw Road and making improvements at the existing pump stations.

Project COA 6600.62Z, Estimated Cost: $1,322,952.00

Bayou Boeuf School Forced Drainage Area / Backwater Protection Levees: This 31 acre forced drainage system in the Kraemer Community protects 20 residences, several businesses, and the Bayou Boeuf School. The system has approximately 6,060 feet of ring levees providing backwater flooding protection. Forced drainage of the area is accomplished through one pump station with 2 – 12” pumps, one electric motor driven and one electric / natural gas fueled engine driven. Overall, the ring levees are insufficient in height and profile with multiple encroachments.  Hurricane Isaac topped the levee system in multiple locations and threatened in additional locations. Proposed improvements would include re-capping and re-shaping the entire ring levee, heightening the road embankment along Hwy 307 and Torres St., adding an additional small pump station, internal channel and culvert improvements and making improvements at the existing pump station. The NLLD is working to engage an Engineer for project design, development and permitting. The District has included this project in its State Capital Outlay request for this year.

Project COA 6600.63Z, Estimated Cost: $682,715.00

Zeller / Larousse Forced Drainage Area / Backwater Protection Levees: This 420 acre forced drainage system in the Kraemer Community protects 234 residences, several businesses, and other infrastructure. The system has approximately 33,417 feet of ring levees providing backwater flooding protection. Forced drainage of the area is accomplished with two pump stations. The Larousse Pump station has 1 – 30” diesel fueled, engine driven pump. The Zeller Pump Station has 2 – 36” diesel fueled, engine driven pumps. Overall, the ring levees are insufficient in height and profile with multiple encroachments and many trees and roots in the levees.  Hurricane Isaac topped the levee system in multiple locations for substantial lengths and threatened in additional locations. Proposed improvements would include re-capping and re-shaping the entire ring levee, addressing road embankments on Hwy 307 near the Bayou Bouef Bridge, addressing road embankment on Bayou Rd., adding additional pump cross connection capacity across the Kraemer Road, internal channel improvements and making improvements at the existing pump stations. The NLLD has hired Leonard Chauvin, Inc. as the Engineer for design, development and permitting for the levee aspects of this project. The Project has been developed to include several Phases. Phase IA, Total Cost Estimate $1,187,500.00 Includes drainage excavation of the reservoir canal adjacent to the levee and clearing of vegetation on and obstructions adjacent to the levee. Phase IB, Total Cost Estimate $1,477,000.00 Includes a lift to the levee itself. Phase II, Total Cost Estimate $1,122,155.00 Includes addressing embankment (levee) issues at the bridge, along highway 307 and on Bayou Rd. Phase III, Total Cost Estimate $583,000.00 Includes improvements at both Pump stations and improvements to internal drainage between the stations. Phase III  improvements are part of the Lafourche Parish Master Drainage Plan study paid for by a Grant that the Lafourche Parish Government received and NLLD funds. Last year, we received an appropriation of $145K from State Capital Outlay funding for this project; but, it was not converted to a cash line of credit. However, the LA Coastal Protection and restoration Authority did provide $1,000,000 towards this project and we are proceeding with Phase 1A with that and funds from the District. We are making a request to the State Capital Outlay request program for the balance of funds.

Project COA 6600.64Z, Estimated Cost: $4,369,655.00

Martinez / Rond Pom Pon  Forced Drainage Area / Backwater Protection Levees: This 175 acre forced drainage system in the Kraemer Community protects 95 residences, several businesses, and other infrastructure. The system has approximately 25,055 feet of ring levees providing backwater flooding protection. Forced drainage of the area is accomplished with two pump stations. The Martinez Pump station has 1 – 20” diesel fueled engine driven pump. The Rond Pom Pon Pump Station has 1 – 30” diesel fueled, engine driven pump. Overall, the ring levees are insufficient in height and profile with multiple encroachments and many trees and roots in the levees.  Hurricane Isaac topped the levee system in multiple locations for substantial lengths and threatened in additional locations. Proposed improvements would include re-capping and re-shaping the entire ring levee, addressing road embankments on Hwy 307 near RPP Bridge, addressing road embankment on Sanchez Rd., adding additional pump cross connection capacity across the Kraemer Road and replacing the existing RPP Pump station.

Project COA 6600.65Z, Estimated Cost: $1,021,825.00

Eymard / Rodrique 8 Forced Drainage Area / Backwater Protection Levees: This 948 acre forced drainage system in the Kraemer Community protects 226 residences, several businesses, and other infrastructure. The system has approximately 34,747 feet of ring levees providing backwater flooding protection. Highway 307 makes up the southern boundary of this forced drainage district. Forced drainage of the area is accomplished with two pump stations. The Eymard Pump station has 1 – 30” diesel fueled, engine driven pump. The Rodrigue #8 Pump Station has 1 – 36” diesel fueled engine driven pump. Overall, the ring levees are insufficient in height and profile with multiple encroachments and many trees and roots in the levees.  Hurricane Isaac topped the levee system in a few locations (especially along Bayou Rond Pom Pon) and threatened in additional locations. Proposed improvements would include re-capping and re-shaping the entire ring levee, internal channel and culvert improvements, replacing the existing Rodrigue #8 Pump station and making improvements at the pump stations.

Project COA 6600.66Z, Estimated Cost: $1,298,205.00

Mike’s A & B / Legendre Forced Drainage Area / Backwater Protection Levees: This 963 acre forced drainage system in the Kraemer Community protects 308 residences, several businesses, and other infrastructure. The system has approximately 44,215 feet of ring levees providing backwater flooding protection. Highway 307 makes up the northern boundary of this forced drainage district. Forced drainage of the area is accomplished with two pump stations. The Mikes A&B Pump station has 1 – 30” and 1 – 36” diesel fueled, engine driven pumps. The Legendre Pump Station has 1 – 36” diesel fueled, engine driven pump. Overall, the ring levees are insufficient in height and profile with multiple encroachments and many trees and roots in the levees.  Hurricane Isaac did not top the levee system; but, it was threatened in several locations. Proposed improvements would include re-capping and re-shaping the entire ring levee, internal channel and culvert improvements, addressing road embankments on Hwy 307 near the RPP Bridge, adding an additional pump station on the eastern end of the system and making improvements at the existing pump stations.

Project COA 6600.67Z, Estimated Cost: $1,593,225.00

Farmer’s Lane / Rodrigue 7 Forced Drainage Area / Backwater Protection Levees: This 776 acre forced drainage system in the Kraemer Community protects 246 residences, several businesses, and other infrastructure. The system has approximately 27,586 feet of ring levees providing backwater flooding protection. Highway 20 makes up the southern and eastern boundary of this forced drainage district. Forced drainage of the area is accomplished with two pump stations. The Farmer’s Lane Pump station has 1 – 36” diesel fueled engine driven pump. The Rodrigue #7 Pump Station has 1 – 30” diesel fueled, engine driven pump. Overall, the ring levees are insufficient in height and profile with multiple encroachments and many trees and roots in the levees.  Hurricane Isaac topped the levee system in a few stretches and it was threatened in several additional locations. Proposed improvements would include re-capping and re-shaping the entire ring levee, internal channel and culvert improvements, adding an additional pump station on the western end of the system, addressing the road embankments along Hwy 20 from the Grand Bayou bridge to the west end and making improvements at the existing pump stations.

Project COA 6600.68Z, Estimated Cost: $1,210,790.00

While no threats were reported during Hurricane Isaac in August of 2012, to the following system(s), record high water pushed by the Storm into the upper portions of the Barataria Basin and high rainfall amounts give reason to consider improvements to the following systems. The following individual projects are being added as a result of this newly demonstrated weakness to flood protection. Further Project Development is required in the following systems.

Banan’s Camp Forced Drainage Area / Backwater Protection Levees: This 256 acre forced drainage system in the Choctaw Community protects 80 residences. The system has approximately 26,605 feet of ring levees providing backwater flooding protection. Forced drainage of the area is accomplished with a single pump station with 1-36” diesel fueled, engine driven pump. Overall, the ring levees are insufficient in height and profile. Hurricane Isaac did not top the levee system; but, it was threatened in several locations. Proposed improvements would include re-capping and re-shaping the entire ring levee, clearing and widening an internal drainage channel, adding additional pump cross connection capacity across the Choctaw Road, addressing road embankments on Choctaw Road near the bridges and making improvements at the existing pump station.

Project COA 6600.69Z, Estimated Cost: $860,075.00

Peltier Drive: This 35 acre forced drainage system off LA Highway 308 west of Raceland protects 34 residences. The system has approximately 4600 feet of ring levees providing backwater flooding protection. Forced drainage of the area is accomplished with a single pump station with 1-20” diesel fueled, engine driven pump. Overall, the ring levees are insufficient in height and profile. Hurricane Isaac did not top the levee system; but, it was threatened in several locations. Proposed improvements would include re-capping and re-shaping the entire ring levee, adding elevation along Peltier Drive which serves as the eastern portion of the ring levee system, clearing and widening an internal drainage channel, adding additional pump retention and making improvements at the existing pump station. The NLLD is working to assign this project to an Engineer for project design, development and permitting.

Project COA 6600.70Z, Estimated Cost: $510,600.00

Grand Bayou: The remaining part of this ongoing project includes clearing Grand Bayou of obstructions from the LaPeans (Sawmill) Canal to Bayou Bouef. The portion of Grand Bayou from Highway 20 to the LaPeans (Sawmill) Canal has already been cleared by the Levee District. The NLCLDD has cleared trees from this Bayou post Hurricane Isaac. The NLCLDD has also hired Leonard Chauvin, Inc. as an Engineer seeking a permit for bank clearing and maintenance dredging concurrently with other canals in the area.

Project COA 6600.51Z, Estimated Cost: $340,000.00

LaPeans (Sawmill) Canal: This project includes clearing the LaPeans Canal of obstructions from the 80 Arpent Canal to Grand Bayou. Parts of this canal have been cleared by contractors hired by the Parish post Hurricane Gustav. The NLCLDD has cleared trees from this Canal post Hurricane Isaac. The NLCLDD has also hired Leonard Chauvin, Inc. as an Engineer seeking a permit for bank clearing and maintenance dredging concurrently with other canals in the area.

Project COA 6600.52Z, Estimated Cost: $140,000.00

40 Arpent and 80 Arpent Canals: This project includes clearing the 40 & 80 Arpent Canals and adjacent rights of ways of obstructions and vegetation from near the Laurel Valley Road to Raceland. Parts of this canal have been cleared by contractors hired by the Parish post Hurricane Gustav. The canals would then require maintenance dredging. The NLLD is working to assign this project to an Engineer for project design, development and permitting.

Project COA 6600.53Z, Estimated cost: $4,000,000.00

Halpin Canal:  This project includes clearing the Halpin Canal of any obstructions from the Theriot Canal to Bayou Bouef. This canal has been cleared by contractors hired by the Parish post Hurricane Gustav.

Project COA 6600.54Z, Estimated Cost: $185,000.00

Bayou Bouef: This project includes clearing Bayou Bouef of any obstructions from Lake Bouef to Lake Des Allemandes.

Project COA 6600.55Z, Estimated Cost: $185,000.00

East Theriot Canal: This project includes clearing Theriot Canal of any obstructions from Bayou Lafourche to Lake Bouef. The NLLD is working to assign this project to an Engineer for project design, development and permitting.

Project COA 6600.56Z, Estimated Cost: $185,000.00

Sam Foret Canal: This project includes clearing the Sam Foret Canal of any obstructions from the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks to Lake Bouef. It would also include clearing a small unnamed canal that runs parallel to the Southern Pacific Railroad east and west of the Sam Foret Canal which feeds into the Sam Foret Canal. Parts of this canal have been cleared by contractors hired by the Parish post Hurricane Gustav. The NLLD is working to assign this project to an Engineer for project design, development and permitting.

Project COA 6600.57Z, Estimated Cost: $ 250,000.00

 

Alidore Community Project: This 172 acre forced drainage system off LA Highway 308 west of Raceland protects approximately 402 individual residences, 18 multi resident housing structures, several businesses, a church and other infrastructure. The system has approximately 11,150 feet of ring levees providing backwater flooding protection. Forced drainage of the area is accomplished with two pump stations each with 1-30” diesel fueled, engine driven pump. The NLLD has played a technical and surveying support role in the Parish’s improvements to the Ring Levee System surrounding the Alidore Community near Raceland. The Parish is also seeking support through the State for replacement of the existing Pump Stations. NLLD remains in a technical support roll for this project. While most of the ring levees surrounding this community were improved after the December 2009 flood event, several sections remain insufficient in elevation and require re-capping and re-shaping. In some instances, the levee needs to be re-aligned for permanent stability.

 Project COA 6600.58Z Estimated Cost: $ 353,500.00

 

Lake Bouef Watershed Tail Water Project: The entire watershed encircled by Bayou Lafourche to the West & North, the Mississippi River to the North & East and US Highway 90 to the South is approximately 400,000 acres of which nearly 100% has to drain through Bayou Des Allemandes. This broadly defined project seeks to restore historical hydrology to improve drainage in the southern part of the basin in the Lake Bouef Watershed Project Area.  Basically, the project seeks to find ways to get water across US Highway 90 and across Highway 307. The NLCLDD has also hired Leonard Chauvin, Inc. as an Engineer to study drainage alternatives in this area.