Creating a more resilient Louisiana
LWI coordinates funding, data and resources among five state agencies to reduce flood risk through a watershed-based approach, which respects the natural functions of our watersheds.
The state has invested more than $440 million in LWI projects statewide through CDBG-MIT funds. Click on the map to view the interactive projects.
Supporting Flood Risk Reduction
Regional watershed management
Coordinating flood risk management efforts within watershed regions
Watershed modeling and data
Developing models and creating an enhanced gauge network
Funding occupational training courses to support flood resilience projects
LSU Alexandria drainage improvement project
State and local leaders broke ground on a $6.2 million LSU Alexandria drainage improvement project June 18 to reduce flood risk for the campus and surrounding area, with $3.5 million leveraged from the Louisiana Watershed Initiative.
Watershed Model Simulations
The state is working with technical experts, federal partners, academic partners and local stakeholders to create models of Louisiana’s watersheds, which will simulate flood scenarios and analyze potential flood mitigation solutions.
Greinwich Terrace Buyout Program
The state is funding a $30 million voluntary buyout program in the Greinwich Terrace neighborhood of Lake Charles, an area that has flooded three times over the past four years.
Louisiana’s nine watershed regions coordinate efforts among parishes to reduce flood risks within major watersheds.