|Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority—West
7001 River Road Marrero, LA 70072 | P: 504.340.0318 | F: 504.371.6868
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – West
MARRERO, La. - The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West (SLFPA-W) and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office (JPSO) today kicked off a joint program to reduce the number of feral hogs on the West Bank. SLFPA-W President Susan Maclay and Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand appeared together to explain the agreement between the agencies and to discuss the techniques JPSO will use to address the hog problem.
Feral hogs have caused extensive damage to the grass coverings on levees throughout the Authority’s jurisdiction on the West Bank, eating grass roots or digging up sections of the levee to feed on grub worms and other insect larvae. Grass is essential to levee integrity to protect from overtopping events. Additionally, levees without adequate grass are susceptible to erosion and scour. On average, one instance of hog damage costs the Authority approximately $4,000 in replacement materials.
Maclay stressed that controlling the feral hog population is directly related to the hurricane protection mission of the Authority. “SLFPA-West is committed to enhancing flood protection on the West Bank whenever and wherever possible. This cooperative program with Sheriff Normand’s office allows us to address the ongoing challenge that these feral hogs present to our levee maintenance efforts.”
Normand said his office has had similar experiences over the past two decades. “First nutria and then coyotes and now feral hogs. This is the type of situation we have seen over the years, and our deputies can make a difference in reducing the extent of this problem. Once you look at the pace of feral hog reproduction, you can see this is a serious problem.”
Maclay said the Authority has reviewed options for more than six months, and the agreement with the sheriff’s office is the best alternative. “Through this program, we hope the sheriff’s office will thin the number of feral hogs. We understand it’s virtually impossible to eradicate the problem completely. However, keeping their numbers down will have to be an ongoing part of levee maintenance going forward. In addition to this program, we’ll also be looking at other methods of abatement.”
Feral hogs can reproduce quickly. Sows are fertile at six months and can produce two litters per year. One litter can yield nearly 2,000 pigs in slightly more than two years. Without any natural predators in the region, these nocturnal feeders can roam freely and even be elusive to trapping efforts.
The budget for the trial program is $25,000, which should last a year based on field units of four deputies twice per week. In addition to the joint venture, Maclay said the Authority is investigating longer-term solutions, including the installation of electric fences.
PHOTOS OF TYPICAL FERAL HOG DAMAGE TO WEST BANK LEVEES
Monday, October 6, 2014
Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – West (SLFPA-W)
WHERE: 5566 Barataria Blvd. in Marrero at the V Levee. Following is a link to the media event:
• Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand
Friday, May 30, 2014
Regional Director, John Monzon participates in a hurricane preparedness news conference at the Port of New Orleans.
Regional Director John Monzon, participated in WWL-TV’s Eyewitness Morning News to discuss levee protection within the Authority’s jurisdiction.
The 2014 SLFPA-W Board of Commissioners, pictured here after the swearing in of its newest member, Kerwin Julien (third from left). Members are, from left Paul Dauphin, Michael Merritt, Julien, President Susan Maclay, Kendall Gaddy, Ed Camnetar and Jim Wilkinson. This photo was taken at the May 29, 2014 meeting of the Board of Commissioners at the Authority's Marrero headquarters.
Friday, May 23, 2014
On April 28, 2014, The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority Board of Commissioners passed a resolution to increase West Jefferson and Algiers Levee District’s Permit Fee Schedule. The increased permit fees are to cover each district’s costs incurred to issue and maintain the documents. The increased fees are effective June 1, 2014 and are as follows:
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
SLFPA-W, President Susan Maclay, participated in WWL-TV's hurricane special discussing continuing improvements within the Authority's jurisdiction.
Friday, May 9, 2014
Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West
Commissioners, elected officials and employees of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West (SLFPA-W) gathered at the command center in Marrero today to recognize efforts to protect the lives and property on the West Bank of Orleans and Jefferson parishes. Joining the Commissioners were Jefferson Parish President John Young, Council Chairman Chris Roberts, State Representative Robert Billiot and Westwego Mayor John Shaddinger. Newly selected Regional Director John Monzon, currently Chief of the Operations Division of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, was also present.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of the inaugural Gerald “Jerry” A. Spohrer Memorial Award of Excellence to Rosemary Spohrer, his widow, in his memory. The award was created and named after Mr. Spohrer for his leadership, commitment, and outstanding work building defenses to protect the citizens from disaster. Prior to the levee district consolidation after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Mr. Spohrer was the Executive Director of the West Jefferson Levee District for more than 17 years. He was a longtime SLFPA-W employee, who led the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West following levee district consolidations and later, served as Special Assistant to the President, a role in which he provided leadership and guidance on major planning and construction projects for the Authority. Spohrer played an integral role in the multi-billion dollar West Bank and Vicinity Hurricane Protection Project.
The Times-Picayune/NOLA.com covered the event, highlighting Mr. Spohrer’s commitment to SLFPA-W and the citizens of the West Bank.
SLFPA-W president Susan Maclay presided over the ceremony, expressing her appreciation to the SLFPA-W staff for its exemplary service and safety record. “We truly appreciate your commitment to keeping the residents of the West Bank protected,” she said. “It is because of the work that each employee contributes every day that we’ve been able to greatly increase the safety for all of the citizens of the West Bank.”
Parish President Young, Chairman Roberts, Representative Buillot and Mayor Shaddinger all praised the work of the Authority and its workforce in protecting the West Bank. “The dedication to your work does not go unnoticed,” Mayor Shaddinger said. “You continue to make the West Bank a safer place to live and work. I am proud to work with the Southeast Louisiana Flood Authority – West because I know that they are dependable and I can count on this organization during challenging times.”
Employees were recognized for their longevity and safety records. Of the employees honored for their service, seven have worked for 25 years or more including Kippy Adams, Ronnie Forrester, Craig Melanson, Chris Muscarello, Tod Pertuit, Lorraine Polly and Danny Thibodeaus. Five employees were recognized for 10 to 14 years of work; 11 employees, for five to nine years; and 15 employees, were recognized for up to four years of commitment to the Authority. Employees who had no recorded accidents while on the job also were honored with safety awards.
SLFPA-W president Susan Maclay and recipients of the Safety Awards gather at the Authority’s command center in Marrero for employee appreciation day.
Westwego Mayor John Shaddinger addresses SLFPA-W employees expressing his gratitude for their dedication.
Rosemary Spohrer accepts the inaugural Gerald “Jerry” Spohrer Memorial Award of Excellence in honor of her late husband Jerry Spohrer.
Jefferson Parish President, John F. Young acknowledges SLFPA-W employees for their work.
Representative Robert E. Billiot thanks SLFPA-W employees for their commitment to the Authority.
Jefferson Parish Councilman-at-Large, Division A, Christopher L. Roberts addresses SLFPA-W employees.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West (SLFPA-W) today announced the selection of John R. Monzon, P.E., M.ASCE, as its Regional Director.
Monzon, who most recently served as Operations Division Chief for the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) since 2008, was selected by a vote of the SLFPA-W Board of Commissioners at its regular monthly meeting Monday evening.
SLFPA-W President Susan H. Maclay said that Monzon emerged as a clear choice for the Authority. “The combination of Monzon’s experience at CPRA, familiarity with the key issues facing the Authority and his leadership abilities made him an unsurpassed candidate. We think the transition will be seamless, which is critical as the start of hurricane season approaches.”
Monzon has 20 years of engineering experience in civil service, with a focus on flood control and emergency preparedness. During his tenure at CPRA, he was responsible for managing the construction and technical review of the Greater New Orleans Area Hurricane Protection System. Prior to his employment with CPRA, Monzon worked for 14 years as a New Orleans District Design Engineer for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD), where his duties included the technical and financial planning of levee repairs and lifts. Monzon received a bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of New Orleans.
A New Orleans native, Monzon was raised on the West Bank and will return to assist with the protection of the community against flooding. “I look forward to continuing to provide the citizens and businesses of the West Bank with the high level of flood protection that they deserve,” said Monzon. “My experience with CPRA and LADOTD in the realm of flood protection will help me make informed decisions in the operation and maintenance of the flood protection system.”
Friday, February 28, 2014
The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West (SLFPA-W) is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Director for the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West and its member districts, West Jefferson Levee District and Algiers Levee District. This position offers excellent salary and benefits, commensurate with experience.
Minimum qualifications required for this position:
Scope of responsibility includes:
The deadline for submission is March 15, 2014, no later than 4:30 PM. Please forward all resumes, with cover letter, salary requirements and references.
Monday, January 13, 2014
Sandra Zerangue, Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West’s (SLFPA-W) longest-serving employee, appeared before the SLFPA-W Board of Commissioners at their regular board meeting, to receive recognition for more than three decades of faithful service to the Authority. Commissioners and officers of SLFPA-W gathered to recognize Ms. Zerangue for 31 years of service. From 1982 to her recent retirement, Ms. Zerangue worked to protect the life and property of residents and business owners on the West Bank of Orleans and Jefferson parishes by assisting the Authority in the maintenance of the West Bank levees.
The SLFPA-W Board of Commissioners expressed their gratitude to Ms. Zerangue, presenting her with a resolution, officially honoring her on the occasion of her retirement. “On behalf of the Board of Commissioners and the entire SLFPA-W team, I would like to thank Ms. Zerangue for more than 30 years of tireless service,” said SLFPA-W President Susan H. Maclay. “It is because of dedicated employees like her that we are able to work to make the West Bank a safer place. Ms. Zerangue's dedication to her work and her willingness to help every member of the SLFPA-W team will be sorely missed,” she said. “We wish her many more happy years and sincerely thank her for her public service.”The Times-Picayune/NOLA.com covered the event, highlighting Ms. Zerangue’s service and the gratitude of all SLFPA-W commissioners and officers.
(Picture above, from L to R: Commissioner Kendall Gaddy, Regional Director Giuseppe Miserendino, Commissioner Michael Merritt, Vice President Jim Wilkinson, Sandra Zerangue, Commissioner Jerry Viera, President Susan Maclay, Commissioner Paul Dauphin, and Secretary/Treasurer Edward Camnetar)
Sunday, October 6, 2013
SLFPA-W will begin opening the Harvey Canal flood gates today.
Saturday, October 5, 2013
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has informed the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West (SLFPA-W) that the Corps will close the Bayou Segnette Barge Gates at 8 am today in response to Tropical Storm Karen.
The gates are designed to be closed when water in the canal reaches two feet above sea level and is rising. Closure prevents surges from entering the canal and protects areas to the north while removing the danger to a large area of residential communities and businesses. The gates are expected to remain closed until the threat has passed.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has also informed the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West (SLFPA-W) that the Corps temporarily closed the Harvey Canal sector gates at 8 a.m. today in response to Tropical Storm Karen.
During the closure, rainwater will be pumped around the gates by the Cousins Station and removed to the south side of the gates. In addition, the closure requires that the Patriot Street Pump Station in Harvey be shut down to prevent water from building up and spilling over the canal banks on the protected side north of the closed Harvey Canal gates.
The gates are designed to be closed when water in the canal reaches two feet above sea level and is rising, preventing surges from entering the canal and protecting areas to the north while removing the danger to a large area of residential communities and businesses. All of the closed gates are expected to remain closed until the threat has passed.
Friday, October 4, 2013
The National Weather Service has released its latest Tropical Storm Karen briefing. Click here for the report.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
The Bayou Segnette gates inside the state park will be closed mid-morning tomorrow.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
SLFPA-W has received notice that the Hero Canal “Stop Log Gate” will be closed at 10AM Friday October 4, due to Tropical Storm Karen. For more information, please contact:
Guy Laigast, LEM
Thursday, October 3, 2013
The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West (SLFPA-W) and maritime interests are monitoring Tropical Storm Karen closely via the National Weather Service: www.weather.gov. Gate closures began at 2 p.m. today and will continue until tomorrow afternoon. The storm has taken a more westerly path than expected. SLFPA-W encourages all interests to monitor the storm closely and watch for further SLFPA-W updates as necessary.
Commercial fisherman, please be advised that the Hero Stop Log will be closed tomorrow morning.
Visit National Weather Service website at www.weather.gov for the most up-to-date movement of the storm. SLFPA-W will send out text and email alerts with continued updates and post the information here on our website.
, August 16, 2013
Highest impact will be strong winds and higher seas due to strong persistent thunderstorm activity through Monday. Some of these thunderstorms will produce waterspouts - a few of these waterspouts may be strong.
Maximized maritime conditions are expected Saturday night with Southerly winds of 20 knots with gusts as high as 35 knots. Seas may rise during this time frame to as high as 10 feet for a short duration. Rainfall will be heavy enough to overtake bilge capacity of small vessels.
Tide levels could rise 1-2 ft. above normal Saturday night regardless of track.
SLFPA-W is monitoring the system closely but has no plans to close structures at this time.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West (SLFPA-W), in conjunction with federal, state and local maritime agencies, is monitoring an area of disturbed weather approaching the Gulf of Mexico via the National Weather Service: www.weather.gov. No gate closures are necessary at this time. However, SLFPA-W encourages all interests to monitor the storm closely and watch for further SLFPA-W updates as necessary.
Visit National Weather Service at www.weather.gov for the most up-to-date movement of the storm. SLFPA-W will send out a text and email alert if any gate closures are initiated and post the information here on our website.
Monday, June 3, 2013
Friday, May 31, 2013
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Friday, May 31, 2013
Monday, May 23, 2013
The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – West (SLFPA-W) continues to patrol Mississippi River levees in Jefferson and Orleans parishes as part of its High-Water Emergency Plan.
Below is a map highlighting areas where the river batture, or the area between the water and the levees, is diminished. The red blocks on the map are areas of greatest concern and require the attention of all vessels operating in the region. Click an area on the map below for a larger view.
All maritime interests operating within the river and lock systems in this area must adhere to federal and state laws regarding safe operation of vessels near levees and revetments to avoid damage.
SLFPA-W continues to receive excellent cooperation from Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association (GICA) and maritime associations familiar with these regulations. However, the Authority needs increasing cooperation from other operators. All interests should take a moment to contact colleagues and ask them to visit the SLFPA-W website and sign up for important alerts.
SLFPA-W is informing the industry of these regulations but also is taking appropriate action against those that continue to disregard the 180-foot rule.The public is invited to follow these text alerts for the latest information regarding this high-water event.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013:
SLFPA-W president Susan Maclay opens the employee recognition
Commissioners and officers of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West (SLFPA-W) gathered at the authority’s command center in Marrero recently to honor the work that SLFPA-W employees do to protect the life and property of more than 90,000 households and 7,500 businesses on the West Bank of Orleans and Jefferson parishes by maintaining the West Bank levees. SLFPA-W president Susan Maclay opened the ceremony, expressing her appreciation to her staff.“Without the work that you do every single day, without going the extra mile and having the drive that you all have, the residents of the West Bank, our friends and families, would be in harm’s way,” president Maclay said.
Westwego mayor John Shaddinger and SLFPA-W president
“With each day that you push yourself a little harder and complete each task to the best of your ability, you make the West Bank a safer place in which to live,” Shaddinger said. “I’m looking forward to continuing to work with the Southeast Louisiana Flood Authority –West because I know that I can count on this organization when times are tough.”
“I’ve had the opportunity to work with the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West for many years,” Harris said. “As mayor of Gretna, I want to express my gratitude to each and every employee here today for the hard work that they have done to keep our levees secure.”
Sandra Zerangue is recognized by SLFPA-W president Susan Maclay and Gretna
Sandra Zerangue is the SLFPA-W’s longest-serving employee, working with the organization for 31 years. Also honored were 8 additional employees, who worked for 25 years or more; 1 employee, 20 to 24 years; 4 employees, 10 to 14 years; 7 employees, 5 to 9 years; and 18 employees, who have worked for up to 4 years.
Regional Director Giuseppe Miserendino
Employees who had no recorded accidents while on the job also were honored with safety awards.
Al Pleming, Alvin Smith, Brad Bosch, Brian Legnon, Chris Goodson, Chris Muscarello, Craig Melanson, David Roark, Delando Davis, Devon Lewis, Don Robertson, Gary Bergeron, Giuseppe Miserendino, Randall Dufriend, Janis Rogers, Jeff Picado, Jeffrey Lively, Jerry Strong, Jorge Alas, Kenneth Clark, Kernice Richard, Kippy Adams, Lorraine Polly, Michael Clark, Michael Gasper, Michael Griffin, Ngoc Tran, Paul Jackson, Ray Albert, Ronnie Forrester, Sandra Zerangue and Tod Pertuit.
Monday, May 6, 2013:
Inspectors have documented several violations of the required 180 feet of clearance between vessels and/or their tows from any levee/floodwall/flood protection structure’s centerline. However, the Authority has communicated its concerns to the GICA and the maritime industry, and those issues have been resolved without incident. Based on these adjustments, we did not document violations over the weekend. Their cooperation in addressing these matters is appreciated.
Special recognition is given to Jim Stark, Michael Stack, Jr., Harvey Canal lock master, the maritime industry and the executive staff of the Coast Guard for their cooperation.
Visit the SLFPA-W website (www.slfpaw.org) to view a map that highlights areas where the river batture is diminished. The public is invited to follow these text alerts for the latest information regarding this high-water event.
Friday, May 3, 2013:
Immediately after the meeting, you will have the opportunity to tour our emergency command center.
Invited participants include the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – West, Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East, Lafitte Area Independent Levee District, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, United States Army Corps of Engineers, Jefferson Parish Government, Jefferson Parish Sherriff’s Office, Plaquemines Parish Government, City of New Orleans, City of Gretna, City of Westwego, United States Coast Guard, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association, Harvey Canal Industrial Association, Louisiana Maritime Association, Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers and Fishermen, Louisiana Shrimp Association, commercial fishermen, state representatives, state senators and other public officials. Please invite anyone who can contribute to the meeting.
Please RSVP by Friday, May 17th to Ngoc Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-371-6849.
We hope that you can fit this important event into your busy schedules. It is important to the safety of life and property on the Westbank.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013:
SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA FLOOD PROTECTION AUTHORITY-WEST TAKING PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES IN ANTICIPATION OF HIGHER RIVER LEVELS
Business and Maritime Interests Are Encouraged to Register with SLFPA-W for Email and Text Alerts
The Southeast LA Flood Protection Authority – West (SLFPA-W) has instituted precautionary actions in anticipation of rising river waters that could affect its jurisdiction. In addition, the Authority has begun to notify business and maritime interests along the Mississippi River that they must be at least 180 feet from the crown of river levees.
SLFPA-W Regional Director Giuseppe Miserendino said that residents, businesses, regulatory agencies and the maritime industry can visit the Authority’s website at www.slfpaw.org to see a map of the levee system, including the areas with diminished battures, or the land space between the river’s edge and the base of the levee. (See map below).
Miserendino said he is pleased with the initial response of the maritime interests.
“We are working closely with the maritime industry so that everyone gets the word regarding protection of the batture and the levees. There has been a very good level of cooperation, which we appreciate.”
He reminded the public, and maritime and commercial fishermen, to register for special email and text alerts by visiting www.slfpaw.org or emailing email@example.com. These text alerts will allow interested parties to also keep abreast of breaking news during the upcoming hurricane season.
Miserendino urged everyone to sign up now for the email and text alerts.
“Registration should take no more than a minute. Don’t wait to sign up for alerts. Be prepared and sign up now.”
**FOR A LARGER VIEW, CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW**
Although vessels are not allowed within 180 feet from the crown of any Mississippi River levee, the areas highlighted above are known diminished batture areas (less than 180 feet) that would allow vessels to make contact with the levees during high water events. SLFPA-W will vigorously patrol these areas.
The areas of diminished batture are along the right descending bank of the Mississippi river at river markers:
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