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USDA Invests in Local Watershed Project to Protect Communities and Vital Infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest $300,000 in a new multi-year project in Louisiana that aims to build vital infrastructure while conserving natural resources through the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Program. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) works with local groups to help prevent floods, protect watersheds, improve agricultural water management and enhance wildlife habitat through this program.

 

“The health of the nation’s watersheds is important to reduce potential damage from flooding and erosion,” said Kevin Norton, NRCS state conservationist for Louisiana. “This program plays a critical role in protecting lives and property and improving natural resources within our watersheds.”

 

Nationally, the projects are both remedial and new and will take place in smaller watersheds that cover 250,000 acres or less. The projects are owned by local sponsors, such as conservation districts, local governments and American Indian tribes. NRCS serves as the primary technical adviser to project sponsors because of its engineering and environmental expertise and ability to deliver science-base technology and knowledge about the watershed’s natural resources and ecosystem.

Louisiana’s project is:

Upper Terrebonne Basin Flood Prevention Project There is inadequate drainage for the residents and landowners of central and lower Pointe Coupee Parish in south central Louisiana, damaging homes, municipalities and farms, and creating parish-wide public safety concerns. Gravity drainage improvement attempts in Pointe Coupee have historically caused flooding concerns for the two adjacent parishes downstream. This project will reduce flood damages, enhance public safety and improve water quality.

Since 1947, the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Program has helped communities address critical needs on flood control, water management, watershed protection and development. This strong federal, state and local partnership has resulted in the construction of more than 2,000 watershed projects that help communities in every state and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. These watershed projects reflect a federal investment of about $6.2 billion and deliver an estimated $2.2 billion in average annual benefits nationwide.

More information on this program is available at www.la.nrcs.usda.gov.

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