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Water in Louisiana

Safety During Winter Storm Uri

EPA is encouraging citizens to check with their water systems on the safe usage of water for drinking, cooking and bathing during Winter Storm Uri.Using unsafe water can make you or your loved ones sick. If your water system has indicated that the water is not safe, ask them if there are other options for getting safe water—including using bottled water, or boiling/disinfecting your water. If you have electricity or certain household items, you can disinfect water yourself.

For more information, please visit: https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/emergency-disinfection-drinking-water

During both a Boil Water and Do Not Use Notice, do not use water from any appliance connected to your water line, such as ice and water from a refrigerator. For more information, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/drinking/drinking-water-advisories/boil-water-advisory.html

For other uses of water from your home, including hand washing, laundry and showering, visit CDC’s website: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/drinking/drinking-water-advisories/boil-water-advisory.html

Seguridad durante la tormenta invernal Uri

La EPA alienta a los ciudadanos para que confirmen con sus sistemas de agua acerca del uso seguro del agua para beber, cocinar y bañarse durante la tormenta invernal Uri. Usar agua riesgosa puede enfermarlo a usted o a sus seres queridos. Si su sistema de agua ha indicado que el agua no es segura, pregunte si hay otras opciones para obtener agua segura—como usar agua embotellada o hervir/desinfectar el agua. Si tiene electricidad o ciertos artículos domésticos, puede desinfectar el agua usted mismo.

Para obtener más información, visite:https://espanol.epa.gov/espanol/desinfeccion-de-agua-potable-en-situaciones-de-emergencia

Durante una Notificación de hervir el agua y no usarla, no utilice el agua de ningún electrodoméstico conectado a su servicio de agua, como el hielo y el agua del refrigerador. Para obtener más información, visite: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/es/drinking/boil-water-advisory-es.html

Para otros usos de agua en su casa, como lavarse las manos, lavar la ropa y ducharse, visite el sitio web de CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/es/drinking/boil-water-advisory-es.html

An Toàn Trong Bão Mùa Đông Uri

EPA khuyến khích người dân kiểm tra hệ thống nước của họ về việc sử dụng an toàn nước để uống, nấu ăn và tắm trong mùa Đông bão Uri. Sử dụng nước không an toàn có thể khiến bạn hoặc người thân yêu của bạn bị bệnh. Nếu hệ thống nước của bạn cho thấy nước không an toàn, hãy hỏi họ xem có các lựa chọn khác để lấy nước an toàn hay không — bao gồm sử dụng nước đóng chai, hoặc đun sôi/khử trùng nước của bạn. Nếu bạn có điện hoặc một số vật dụng gia đình, bạn có thể tự khử trùng nước. 

Để biết thêm thông tin, vui lòng truy cập: https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/emergency-disinfection-drinking-water

Trong cả Thông báo về Nước sôi và Không nên sử dụng, không sử dụng nước từ bất kỳ thiết bị nào được kết nối với đường nước của bạn, chẳng hạn như nước đá và nước từ tủ lạnh. Để biết thêm thông tin, hãy truy cập: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/drinking/drinking-water-advisories/boil-water-advisory.html

Đối với các mục đích sử dụng nước khác tại nhà của bạn, bao gồm rửa tay, giặt ủi và tắm vòi sen, hãy truy cập trang web của CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/drinking/drinking-water-advisories/boil-water-advisory.html


The Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection & Restoration Act (CWPPRA) Program

The EPA Region 6 Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) program team works with federal, state, and local partners to develop, design, and build Louisiana coastal restoration projects. Since 1990, EPA has sponsored the engineering, design, and construction of projects benefiting some 13,000 acres of restored or protected wetlands, marshes, headlands, and barrier islands.


EPA-Sponsored Restoration Projects

Reggio Marsh Creation and Hydrologic Restoration (BS-43)

Reggio Project map from July 2020EPA’s newest project, BS-43, Reggio Marsh Creation and Hydrologic Restoration, will create and nourish approximately 484 acres of marsh located along the Delacroix Highway (LA 300) near the town of Reggio, Louisiana. In addition, a project goal is to close two canals to the southwest to counteract saltwater intrusion.

The area has experienced wetland loss due to a variety of factors including subsidence, saltwater intrusion, and storm damage. Hurricane Katrina devastated the area resulting in substantial marsh loss which has exposed infrastructure to open water conditions. Most recently, the area experienced impacts due to Tropical Storm Barry in 2019. Canals in the area have increased the effects of saltwater pulses in the fall, which cause the vegetation to the west and north of the canals to die off and decay. BS-43 is currently in Phase 1: Engineering and Design.


Caminada Headland Back Barrier Marsh Creation (BA-171)

Aerial view of the Caminada Back Barrier Marsh project.Aerial view of the Caminada Headland Back Barrier Marsh project. Photo courtesy of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. Photographer: Travis Moore.

The Caminada Headland Back Barrier Marsh Creation project was combined with the BA-193 “Increment 2” project to create approximately 900 acres of marsh habitat. The project creates a platform for sand from other beach and dune projects. If not for this platform, the sand would be lost to open water as it continually rolls back due to tides and other processes. Construction started in June 2020 with containment dikes.

Read more about the Caminada project and watch the video!


Hydrologic Restoration and Vegetative Planting in the des Allemands Swamp (BA-34-2)

des Allemands Swamp Without a dry-out period, trees were not able to regenerate.  Photographer: Barbara Aldridge, EPA.

Construction was completed in 2018. This is the first CWPPRA project to restore a cypress-tupelo swamp. 

Repairing the area’s natural hydrology improved the health of existing trees by providing needed periods of flooding and drying. To jump-start the process, 300 water tupelo and 900 bald cypress trees were planted. This final piece of the restoration project stabilized the soil and helped replace dying mature cypress and tupelo trees.

Construction of this project took about five months at a cost of just over $500,000. The project enhanced 2,395 acres of swamp habitat in St. James Parish bordered by Bayou Chevreuil that would have otherwise continued to degrade.

Read more about the des Allemands Swamp project and watch the video!


Bayou Dupont Sediment Delivery - Marsh Creation #3 and Terracing (BA-164)

Heavy equipment known as “marsh buggies” moved sediment slurry as it was pumped into the Bayou Dupont marsh creation area. (Photo credit: Dr. Patricia Taylor, EPA Engineer).Heavy equipment moved sediment slurry as it was pumped into the Bayou Dupont marsh creation area. Photographer: Dr. Patricia Taylor, EPA.

Construction of an additional 137 acres of marsh and 14 terraces was recently completed. These project features are adjacent to the Bayou Dupont Sediment Delivery System (BA-39) project, which was completed in 2010 and created 568 acres of marsh. BA-39 was the first CWPPRA project to use renewable sediment from the Mississippi River for marsh creation.

Read more about the Bayou Dupont Sediment Delivery (BA-164) project.


Long Point Bayou Marsh Creation (CS-85)

Marsh area and open water near Long Point Bayou in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.Marsh area near Long Point Bayou in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. Photographer: Dr. Sharon Osowski, EPA.The Long Point Bayou Marsh Creation project (CS-85) will create approximately 400 acres of marsh approximately four miles south of Hackberry, north of the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge, east of Highway LA 27, and west of the Calcasieu Ship Channel near Mile 11.

The area has experienced wetland loss due to salt water intrusion, water fluctuations, and erosion. This project will beneficially use sediments dredged from the Calcasieu Ship Channel and will also create tidal creeks and ponds in the project footprint, which will aid the Endangered Species Act proposed saltmarsh topminnow. The project is currently in Phase 1: Engineering and Design.

Read more about the Long Point Bayou Marsh Creation (CS-85) project.


EPA Restoration of Louisiana Barrier Islands

Since 1990, EPA has constructed six barrier island restoration projects in the Isles Dernieres chain. Each project demonstrated an innovative restoration feature or concept. Barrier islands serve an important function by acting as a first line of defense for coastal communities against storm surge.


More About CWPPRA

EPA Region 6 is one of five federal agencies working with the State of Louisiana to restore coastal Louisiana wetlands. Louisiana’s coastal zone contains approximately 30 percent of coastal marshes and 45 percent of all intertidal coastal marshes in the lower 48 States, but it is suffering 80 percent of the entire Nation’s annual coastal wetland loss. Since the 1930s, coastal Louisiana has lost more than 1,883 square miles, an area more than 25 times larger than Washington, D.C. Louisiana’s wetlands provide a variety of benefits that serve the Nation across an array of economic sectors. Because of this, the coastal wetland loss crisis in Louisiana is considered a matter of national concern.

CWPPRA Map

Working with our State, Federal and local partners, EPA Region 6 implements restoration projects to promote coastal protection at a landscape scale and reduce the vulnerability of coastal habitats to the effects of subsidence, erosion, sea level rise, and storm surge. CWPPRA project managers, engineers, and scientists use various techniques to protect, enhance, or restore wetlands. EPA Region 6 has sponsored and completed various types of projects including "natural" reintroduction of river water, barrier island/shoreline restoration, and application of innovative technologies such as pipeline delivery of new sediment. Additional information on CWPPRA is at http://www.lacoast.gov.