Through the Louisiana Watershed Initiative, the state is working toward the coordination of floodplain management responsibilities based on watershed boundaries and will be collaborating with local jurisdictions in the months to come to achieve all related long-term outcomes. There will be a total of eight meetings statewide to discuss this initiative.
WHEN IS OUR REGION’S MEETING?
October 23, 2018
South Central Planning and Development Commission
5058 West Main Street
Houma, La 70364
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
- Elected officials
- Municipal, parish and planning district staff who work in areas such as planning and zoning, public works, emergency management, floodplain management, safety and permitting
- Local engineers, floodplain managers, modelers, GIS professionals, scientists or experts with access to datasets
(Sessions are divided, scroll down to view times for each meeting)
CONTACT PERSON FOR HOUMA-THIBODAUX MEETING:
HOW DID THE COUNCIL ON WATERSHED MANAGEMENT COME ABOUT?
In March and August of 2016, floodwaters impacted more than 145,000 homes throughout Louisiana, causing more than $10 billion in damage. In the weeks that followed, as recovery efforts began, Governor John Bel Edwards directed state agencies to coordinate programs and efforts toward future flood risk mitigation with a clear mandate – the status quo for floodplain management in Louisiana would no longer be an option. Water flows downhill and does not recognize political or arbitrary boundaries; thus, it must be managed, and associated risks mitigated, in a manner that takes this behavior into account. Gov. Edwards established the Council on Watershed Management through executive order JBE18-16 to serve as the continuation of this early interagency coordination and collaboration, which is composed of multiple state agencies with floodplain management responsibilities.
WHAT IS THE FOCUS?
The Council on Watershed Management is focused on working with local leadership and stakeholders to advance and support planning efforts, projects, and policies that achieve six distinct long-term outcomes for the resilience of Louisiana communities involving data, engagement, standards, funding, capability and capacity, and integrated planning. In addition to these long-term outcomes, the Council recognizes that immediate actions must be taken to demonstrate progress toward resilience and reducing flood risk throughout the state.
HOUMA-THIBODAUX MEETING – LOUISIANA WATERSHED INITIATIVE MEETING TIMES
TECHNICAL WORKSHOPS: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (open to all technical professionals)
These workshops will feature a technical discussion related to datasets and data elements specific to the region in which the workshop is held, as well as discussions of how data are currently used, managed or shared at a local level to inform flood risk-reduction efforts. Technical experts interested in taking part—such as local engineers, floodplain managers, modelers, GIS professionals, scientists or experts with access to datasets—are encouraged to attend. From 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., there will be a deep dive workshop evaluating the current state and path of a specific dataset. From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., there will be a general technical exchange in which participants are invited to share their local best practices, lessons learned, and needs, challenges and opportunities related to data in order to better understand and address flood risk.
WATERSHED INITIATIVE EXCHANGE: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (local, regional, state and federal officials only)
This session will include a facilitated discussion among our state agencies and municipal, parish and planning district staff who work in areas such as planning and zoning, public works, emergency management, floodplain management, safety and permitting. The focus of this session is to gather input on current local and regional challenges or opportunities that can inform Louisiana Watershed Initiative efforts with an emphasis on planning and policy.
ELECTED OFFICIALS BRIEFING: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. (by invitation only)
Elected officials within each region are invited to meet with state agency officials to learn more about the Louisiana Watershed Initiative, share questions and feedback and identify opportunities for local jurisdictions to participate in planning and programmatic efforts moving forward. We very much want to hear from you as local elected officials, in addition to sharing updates and milestones.
The HTMPO is requesting qualifications from transportation planning firms to assist with the update of the travel demand model to horizon year 2045 and other tasks as needed for the Metropolitan Transportation Plan update. The Public Notice for the RFP, a complete scope for the project, DOTD Form 24-102, and the scoring evaluation can be found below. Further inquiries on this RFQ shall be sent in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
As announced at the January 2018 Policy Committee meeting of the Houma-Thibodaux Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), there is approximately $7 million in STP<200K funding available for transportation projects in the Houma-Thibodaux region for the years 2019-2022.
Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, roadway maintenance such as overlays and concrete section repairs, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, turning lanes and intersection improvements, engineering designs, and right-of-way acquisition or utility relocation for transportation projects.
All projects require a 20% match from the local government entity sponsoring the project. Consideration will only be given to those projects with a council resolution indicating a willingness to support the project.
Project applications are due by February 28, 2018. The applications will be reviewed and recommended for selection by the MPO’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) at the March TAC meeting. Projects must be submitted to the MPO by use of the project application form which can be downloaded here.
Completed applications as well as questions concerning the application and project eligibility can be submitted to:
South Central Planning and Development Commission
P. O. Box 1870
Gray, LA 70359
Or via email to
The final selection will be made by the MPO Policy Committee at the April 2018 Policy Committee meeting.
Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government’s Good Earth Transit will consult with minority and women’s groups, general contractors, and community organizations, as well as local economic development staff to obtain information concerning the availability of disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged businesses on March 1, 2018 at 10am in the Pelican Room at the South Central Planning and Development Offices located at 5058 West Main Street, Houma, LA 70360.
For more information regarding this meeting, please contact:
Gayle J. Vaughn
Good Earth Transit
Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government
Phone: (985) 850-4616 ext. 409
Fax: (985) 850-4619
SCPDC hosted an information session on the Census Bureau’s Local Update to Census Addresses (LUCA) operation on Wednesday, June 12th. Representatives from five member parish and organizations attended the meeting at SCPDC while Census Bureau personnel reviewed the benefits of the program and the need for the Census Bureau to obtain an accurate address list prior to the 2020 Census. Over $400 billion dollars are distributed by the federal government to the states and local communities each year based on Census counts. According to calculations by George Washington University, not counting a single household made up of four individuals can mean a loss of $80,840 dollars to a local community over the next ten years. The LUCA operation is an important opportunity for local governments to ensure that the Census’ address database is accurate and correct.