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Louisiana Watershed Initiative



Calcasieu Parish

In 2018, the state launched the Louisiana Watershed Initiative, introducing a new watershed-based approach to reducing flood risk in Louisiana, guided by the following principles: Using scientific tools and data, enabling transparent objective decision-making, maximizing the natural function of floodplains, and establishing regional watershed-based management of flood risk.

Following the launch of LWI, the federal government announced Louisiana will receive a $1.2 billion flood mitigation grant—providing an unprecedented opportunity to enhance and expedite LWI efforts. Guided by a federally approved Action Plan, the funds will support statewide planning, watershed modeling, data collection and projects that reduce flood risk

 LWI is pursuing a holistic approach to watershed management, one that goes beyond conventional mitigation measures and incorporates nature-based solutions. LWI is also developing computer models to better understand flood risk and help select projects best suited for investment in each watershed region. Program.

  • Location

    Calcasieu Parish

  • Owner

    Calcasieu Parish Police Jury

  • Completion Date


  • Project Type

    Government | Program Management

  • Services

    Regional Watershed Coordinators, Engagement of Regional Steering Committee, Development of Watershed Project Inventory, Round 1 Project Funding Recommendation, Governance Model Recommendation, Regional Watershed Coalition Recommendation

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