Water News Archives

DEQ, Senator Mike Walsworth present EPA grant to ULM

Peggy Hatch, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, and Senator Mike Walsworth, chair of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, presented an EPA grant to the University of Louisiana at Monroe today in Monroe. Dr. Nick J. Bruno, president of ULM, and Dr. Kevin Baer, principal investigator and toxicology department chair, accepted the grant.

Environmental Leadership Awards recognize voluntary pollution reductions

Today, Secretary Peggy Hatch of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality was joined by Senator Mike Walsworth, chair, Senate Environmental Quality Committee, to recognize environmental achievements at the 2012 Environmental Leadership Program Awards ceremony. New and existing members of ELP were commended for their voluntary pollution prevention efforts, community environmental education and outreach initiatives. The ceremony highlighted projects that went above and beyond regulatory compliance to substantially improve the quality of the environment. In 2012, the ELP enrolled 15 new members.

DEQ to host Pretreatment Workshop in Baton Rouge

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality will hold a Pretreatment Workshop to assist municipalities on Feb 9 from 9:00 A.M-3:00 P.M. The workshop will be held at DEQ Headquarters, 602 N. 5th Street, Baton Rouge in the Oliver Pollock Room. This workshop is intended for municipalities and Publically Owned Treatment Works operators that are required to implement a pretreatment program. Some of the subjects that will be covered are incorporating GIS into a pretreatment

DEQ commences Upper Bayou Terrebonne watershed initiative

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality will conduct a watershed-based survey of the Upper Bayou Terrebonne in an effort to collect water discharge data. Starting in February, DEQ environmental scientists will visit facilities along Bayou Terrebonne from Thibodaux to the Inter Coastal Water Way in order to ensure that all facilities have current and appropriate water discharge permits. The project is being conducted in collaboration with the Upper Bayou Terrebonne Watershed Task Force.

DEQ Drinking Water Protection Program moves to Webster Parish

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality recently selected Webster 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 offers online suggestions form for the public

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has recently launched an online suggestion form for use by the public for the purpose of submitting ideas to the department.

DEQ's Water Permits Division issues pesticides pamphlet

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality's Water Permits Division has authored a pesticides pamphlet that is currently available. The pamphlet will be distributed for the first time at the Environmental Regulatory Compliance Conference (ERCC), which will be held at the Riverfront Center in Alexandria on January 25 and 26, 2012. The pamphlet contains a brief summary of the LPDES Pesticides General Permit including frequently asked questions regarding the discharges covered by the permit.

Remediation completed at Bayou Trepagnier in St. Charles Parish

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has announced the completion of remediation on a large segment of Bayou Trepagnier in St. Charles Parish.