DEQ encourages nominations for 2013 Gulf Guardian Awards
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is encouraging the public to submit nominations for the Gulf Guardian Awards Program. As a member of the Gulf of Mexico Program and Gulf of Mexico Alliance, Louisiana residents can nominate citizens, companies and organizations that are taking positive steps to keep the Gulf of Mexico and associated coastal water habitats healthy, beautiful and productive. The deadline for submitting nominations is March 8, 2013.
Kenner receives check for $21 million from the DEQ State Revolving Loan Fund
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Peggy Hatch presented a $21 million check to the city of Kenner yesterday. The funds, which came from the Clean Waters State Revolving Loan Fund at an interest rate of.95 percent, will be used to upgrade Kenner's wastewater collection ad treatment facilities.
DEQ Drinking Water Protection Program moves into Franklin and Richland parishes
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has selected Franklin and Richland Parishes as the next stop for its drinking water protection campaign, "Protect Drinking Water One Drop at a Time." The program's goal is to increase the public's awareness and participation in protecting their area's drinking water.
DEQ's Water Permits Division exceeds regional and national goals for FY 2012
Based on a recent review by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Water Permits Division of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality exceeded the EPA's Performance Partnership Grant goals for major, minor and priority permits in Federal Fiscal Year 2012, which ended on Sept. 30, 2012.
DEQ's Drinking Water Protection Program moves to Livingston Parish
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has selected Livingston Parish as the next stop for its drinking water protection campaign, "Protect Drinking Water One Drop at a Time." The program's goal is to increase the public's awareness and participation in protecting their area's drinking water.
DEQ staff to participate in EBR Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day
The Greater Baton Rouge Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day and Paint Swap will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Memorial Stadium in Baton Rouge. East Baton Rouge residents can bring household hazardous materials and leftover paint to Memorial Stadium parking lot. Entrance to the drop off site is from Scenic Highway at Foss Street.
DEQ pre-approval of debris sites expedites cleanup
Three years ago, the Department of Environmental Quality began a program that allows for pre-approval of debris sites to help cleanup disaster debris. The purpose of this program is to assist governments in expediting debris cleanup in order to aid the citizens of the state. These sites are approved for the staging of debris and other functions such as chipping, grinding and preparation for disposal. Once the cleanup is done, any successive debris must be transported to the proper landfill.