About LWI Region 5
APC is working to improve watershed management practices by serving as the organizing body for watershed activities for the Louisiana Watershed Initiative (LWI) Region 5. The Region encompasses 16 parishes and five Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) 8 watersheds: Atchafalaya, Teche, Vermilion, Mermentau, and Mermentau Headwaters.
In 2018, the state launched the LWI, introducing a new watershed-based approach to reducing flood risk in Louisiana. The federal government awarded Louisiana a $1.2 billion flood mitigation grant to pursue a holistic approach for watershed management that goes beyond conventional mitigation measures and incorporates nature-based solutions. LWI is funding investements in green and gray infrastructure, flood mitigation projects, a water monitoring network, and hydrologic & hydraulic (H & H) watershed models which cover the entire state. Investments in scientific tools like the H & H models ans the montoring network will deepen decision-makers understanding of Louisiana's flood risk and improve the project prioritization process amon shared waterways.
LWI was established when the historic flooding throughout Louisiana in 2016 exposed deficiencies in the state’s approach to floodplain management at all levels of government, prompting a reassessment of how Louisiana prepares for increasing flood events. The state recognized that the perpetual cycle of disaster and recovery is not a socially, environmentally, or fiscally sustainable model. The State of Louisiana and local government is putting in the work to create proactive solutions.
About LWI Region 5
One of the core functions of the Louisiana Watershed Initiative is to proactively engage and collaborate with local residents, officials, and technical experts, relying on their input to guide program efforts.
To learn about upcoming meetings or events on the calendar, request a speaker for your next meeting, or receive updates by sigining up for the LWI Reion 5 New letter.
Region 5 Steering Committee
|February 10, 2022||Agenda||Minutes||None available|
|December 9, 2021||Agenda||Minutes||Recording|
|October 21, 2021||Agenda||Minutes||Recording|
|July 15, 2021||Agenda||Minutes||Recording|
|April 15, 2021||Agenda||Minutes||Recording|
Capital Improvement Program Subcommittee
|January 6, 2022||Agenda||Minutes – Draft||Recording|
|November 4, 2021||Agenda||Minutes||Recording|
|September 30, 2021||Agenda||None available||Recording|
|June 17, 2021||Agenda||Minutes||Recording|
|May 6, 2021||Agenda||None available||Recording|
|March 4, 2021||Agenda||Minutes||Recording|
Governance & Long-Term Sustainability Subcommittee
|November 9, 2021||Agenda||Minutes – DRAFT||Recording|
|September 16, 2021||Agenda||None available||Recording|
|July 8, 2021||Agenda||Minutes||Recording|
|March 11, 2021||Agenda||Minutes||Recording|
|January 14, 2021||Agenda||Minutes||Recording|
CRS & Floodplain Management Subcommittee
|November 19, 2020||Agenda||Minutes||Recording|
|September 17, 2020||Agenda||Minutes||Recording|
|July 16, 2020||Agenda||Minutes||Recording|
LWI Archived Materials
12/13/2019 – LWI Region 5 NOFA Grant Draft Application
View the LWI Region 5 NOFA Grant Draft Application below or click here to download a PDF version. This document is subject to change and/or be refined prior to the official submission date, December 13, 2019.
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