From the Report:
The Pontchartrain Levee District (PLD) is the local sponsor for the projects referenced herein. Currently, there are projects in each of the six parishes comprising the PLD’s jurisdiction. As presented in more detail throughout this report, ongoing feasibility studies are underway for many projects, some of which are federally authorized, and many where the PLD has assumed full responsibility at the local level. Additionally, several projects are currently under construction, which when completed, will provide the East Bank community of St. Charles Parish with increased protection from storm induced flooding and rainfall events.
The total cost of these projects is estimated to be $750,000,000. “e PLD is confident that the findings and recommendations in the ongoing studies will establish the forward path for future construction of critical drainage, coastal restoration and hurricane protection projects. An integral part of several of the local studies includes the incorporation of recreational features which provide economic opportunities and a better quality of life for the citizens residing on the east side of the Mississippi River in the Parishes of St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. James, Ascension, Iberville and East Baton Rouge.
The PLD appreciates the interest and support of the Congressional Delegation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and state and local government with regard to these projects.
Comments – These projects will provide little or no protection against large storms, but will destroy the wetlands in front of them and hasten the subsidence of the land behind them. Their real hope is that the Federal government will take them over and raise them, at enormously increased cost.