Louisiana Watershed Initiative (LWI)

What is LWI?

The Council on Watershed Management was tasked with empowering local jurisdictions and communities to implement regional, long-term solutions that follow watershed boundaries to better reduce community flood risk. 


The Initiative is poised to serve as a model for maximizing the financial, intellectual and government resources to ensure long-term sustainability and safety for all Louisiana residents.

LWI Goals

To serve as the program where floodplain management responsibilities are coordinated across federal, state and local agencies. To build a foundation of data, projects, policies, standards and guidance via expert advisors.


The RPC is currently acting as the fiscal agent for Region 8 during the duration of the LWI Regional Capacity Building Grant. As fiscal agent, the RPC will facilitate the establishment of the Region 8 watershed coalition.

Currently the Region 8 watershed coalition is in the planning phase under the Regional Steering Committee.


Tyler Antrup, Sewage and Water Board of New Orleans
Stephanie Bruning, St. Charles Parish Government
Jessica Dandridge, Water Collaborative of Greater New Orleans
Ken Dugas, Plaquemines Parish Government
Matt Falati, St. Bernard Parish Public Works
Danielle Honor, St. Charles Parish Government
Chris Humphreys, Flood Protection Authority-East
Albertine Kimble, Citizen Representative
Blaise Pezold, Meraux Foundation
Maggie Talley, Jefferson Parish Government
Meagan Williams, City of New Orleans

Past Regional Steering Committee meeting materials can be located below.