Improving Stormwater Management

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Improving Stormwater Management

Drainage (Stormwater Management) was identified as the most important concern by residents during community meetings.  Approximately 75% of homes in the City were inundated with over 18 inches of water. Reducing or eliminating the risk of flooding in the future would resolve most of the other recovery issues impacting the community.

The community will have reduced flood impacts during heavy rain events. Storm runoff water would be reduced.  This project impacts all residents and directly addresses the vision statement.

This project has five components:

  1. Adopt a Master Drainage Study that identifies stormwater improvement projects and opportunities for lower cost green infrastructure.
  2. Adopt enhanced Stormwater Regulations for new development.
  3. Implement an ongoing maintenance program for ditches and storm drains.
  4. Complete local stormwater projects identified in the Master Drainage Study.
  5. Support regional projects in the Amite Watershed.

This project also supports:

  • Resilience from future disaster events
  • Hazard Mitigation
  • Social and Economic resiliency
  • Community development
  • Housing

Possible Funding Sources, Technical Assistance, and Partners:

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
    • Natural Resource Conservation Service Emergency Watershed Protection Program
    • Natural Resource Conversation Service Cooperative Conversation Partnership Initiative
    • Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant

Estimated Cost: High ($1 million)

Estimated Timeline: Long-term (3+ years)

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