John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) have approved a $6.7 billion dredging plant to pump dredged floating pipeline lights from the coast of the Gulf of Mexico to cities along the Mississippi River.
The project, which is the largest in the United States, will pump 5.8 million cubic feet of water a second from the river to cities on the eastern seaboard, including New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Mobile and Hattiesburg, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The state also has an additional 6 million cubic foot capacity at the Port of New Orleans.
The proposed plant is the result of the $6 billion Louisiana Flood Relief and Adaptation Act of 2017, a $10 billion infrastructure program that the state and federal government have jointly negotiated to reduce the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.
The Louisiana Department for Natural Resources (DNR) has said that the dredging facility will be ready to begin operations in the next two to three weeks.
The dredging system, called the Barge Light Pipe, will be able to pump 4.8 billion gallons of water annually from the Mississippi to the state’s eastern seaboards.
This is enough to power more than 3,000 homes and businesses.
DNR officials said that in addition to the 5.7 million cubic-foot capacity of the dredged pipeline lights, the plant will be capable of pumping 1.6 billion cubic-feet of water from the Gulf every day.
The plant will also have the capacity to pump up to 9 billion cubic feet from the Atlantic Ocean each day.
Dredging and adapting the Mississippi river basin to protect communities and businesses The proposed dredging and adaptation project is part of the Louisiana Flood and Adaptations Act, which was signed into law by President Trump in 2017.
The law provides for a federal government flood insurance program for the floodwaters of the Mississippi and other rivers in the Louisiana Basin.
The program is designed to help states and counties adapt to flooding by increasing property insurance and other protections against flooding.
The federal program will provide for a $1 billion flood insurance payment and a $4 billion flood reduction payment to help reduce the damages caused by hurricanes and other disasters.
Diversion and diversification is an important part of adapting a river to the current environment, but it is also a critical component of managing risk in the floodplain, according with the U,S.
Drought conditions, such as drought, extreme heat, storm surge and strong winds have made it harder for residents to prepare for flooding and flood-prone areas.
It is important to manage risk in order to ensure the safety of residents and property, said Capt. Gary Riggs, the U-S-CG commander for Louisiana.
Louisiana is experiencing severe drought conditions and has been under a flood insurance policy for more than 10 years, according the U Department of Agriculture.
The DNR has been implementing a series of federal disaster management programs to reduce flood risk and prepare communities for the impacts of flooding.
“The proposed dredge floating light pipe project will provide a reliable and cost-effective way to address the threat of flooding in the Gulf and help Louisiana maintain a level playing field in the future, U-s-CG said in a news release.