The state is accepting pre-applications from local and regional public entities to access $100 million in anticipated federal funds for projects that will address immediate flood mitigation needs throughout Louisiana.
The funding is part of the state’s proposed Action Plan to spend $1.2 billion in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation funds. The state will soon submit this plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for approval and expects funding to be available in spring 2020. This step to solicit pre-applications will help ensure projects are ready for implementation when HUD approves the plan.
“Through this funding opportunity, we are prioritizing high-impact local projects that are already vetted and will provide immediate flood relief to communities and reduce known flood risks as quickly as possible,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said. “This process will help address some of our state’s most pressing flood protection needs while we prepare to spend hundreds of millions more on similar projects throughout our state in the coming years.”
The state plans to allocate $60 million of these funds statewide and to evenly distribute the remaining $40 million to the state’s eight watershed regions. Any public entity is eligible to submit a project for consideration. Regional steering committees in each watershed region, which are in the process of being established, will select projects for their region that meet the low-risk, high-reward criteria used to guide all Round 1 funding decisions. The selected projects must align with the long-term resilience objectives of the Louisiana Watershed Initiative.
The state will host in-person briefings, as well as technical assistance sessions, in each watershed region Dec. 2 – 11 to provide more information and answer questions from prospective applicants.
Upcoming regional briefing dates and locations are as follows:
Coordinating and Development District
4000 Viking Drive, Bossier City, LA 71111
Ouachita Parish Emergency Operations Center
1000 New Natchitoches Road, West Monroe, LA 71292
New Orleans Regional Planning Commission
10 Veterans Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124
Calcasieu Parish Emergency Operations Center
901 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601
9200 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810
Miko Steak and Spirits
3011 Chata Hina St., Jena, LA 71342
Rosa Parks Transportation Center
101 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
South Central Planning and Development Commission
5058 W. Main St., Houma, LA 70360
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About the Louisiana Watershed Initiative
Gov. John Bel Edwards established the Council on Watershed Management in 2018, which serves as the coordinated, interagency organization at the state level for watershed-based flood risk reduction. The Louisiana Watershed Initiative serves as the Council's programmatic arm under which all related efforts operate.