I am retired from the Colorado Department of Natural Resources where I served for more than 22 years as state coordinator for the National Flood Insurance Program. Over those years, I have read and even contributed to numerous articles about new flood maps, flood mitigation and the NFIP in general. My compliments to Kristi Dempsey for the research she did in preparing the article. The NFIP is both a complicated and changing program, and it takes contentious work to get the facts straight. Dempsey composed the most factual article I have ever read on the NFIP, including the new flood maps that are a result of FEMA's Map Modernization Program. The article will certainly educate old and new citizens alike about the flooding and drainage issues they will always face when too much rain impacts this beautiful part of Louisiana. Accurate reporting such as this is invaluable.
I was also pleased to see that Lafayette will be voting to decide on a new utility (fee) for the development of regional storm water drainage facilities to create new parks, develop retention basins, and meet current water quality standards under the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System, which is being implemented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
I certainly hope that the citizens of Lafayette Parish and the area carefully examine the benefits that will accrue for generations to come when they vote on the new utility. My experience with such facilities (and their associated utility fees) is from the Denver metro area where the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District has ably served the citizens of the seven-county area since 1968. The district has many times served as a national model for regional drainage initiatives where wise land-use decisions have improved the citizenry's quality of life and lessened the sometimes tragic effects of flooding.
As an aside, I always read The Independent when visiting relatives in Lafayette. This issue made my stay particularly enjoyable.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, March 12, 2014:
So far the Democratic agenda includes proposals to expand Medicaid; increase the minimum wage; offer equal pay to women; heighten regulations on predatory lending practices, like payday loans; and add more transparency in the governor’s office.
Hot-button education issues ranging from Common Core to charter schools have some lawmakers pushing to scrap the appointing process and go back to electing the state's super.
Police say the handcuffed man fatally shot himself in the back, but his family isn't buying the story.
Gov. Bobby Jindal offered a budget proposal that suggests new education and health care spending, pay raises for state workers and an incentive fund to encourage colleges to enhance their science, engineering and technology training.
Hopefully he’ll be better prepared today than he was in that Feb. 20 deposition.
They came by the hundreds, arriving from all regions of the state to gather on the steps of our Capitol in protest of the Legislature’s long tradition of giving industry the go-ahead to abuse our air, our water and our coastline, all in the name of good economics.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent rhetoric against President Barack Obama has failed to boost his standing among the conservative base.
Louisiana's annual legislative session begins.
The state has hired marksmen to shoot feral hogs from helicopters at two wildlife management areas in south Louisiana.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.