BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston-Broome announced Monday that her office established a Stormwater Advisory Committee that would be responsible for offering community-based recommendations related to stormwater utility.

The new committee is made up of 19 community members, leaders and stakeholders.

Broome said they will, “advise and make recommendations on the East Baton Rouge stormwater management priorities and policies. This includes recommendations on immediate financial requirements, long-term funding and public education.”

The first public meeting will be held Thursday, March 23 in the Metropolitan Council Chambers and final recommendations will be due by July 15.

The committee members are listed below.

  1. Laurie Adams – Metropolitan Council
  2. Rowdy Gaudet – Metropolitan Council
  3. Dwight Hudson – Metropolitan Council
  4. The Rev. S. C. Dixon – faith-based community
  5. Adam Knapp – Baton Rouge Area Chamber
  6. Corey Wilson – BREC
  7. Jeff Kuehny – Louisiana Stormwater Coalition
  8. Larry Bankston – Growth Coalition
  9. Karen Zito – Home Builders Association of Greater Baton Rouge
  10. Ed Lagucki – Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations
  11. TBA – LSU
  12. Ken Dawson – Southern University
  13. Corlin LeBlanc – Baton Rouge Community College
  14. Monique Scott-Spalding – East Baton Rouge Parish School System
  15. Gregory Bowser – Louisiana Chemical Association
  16. Tim Hardy – At Large Community Member, appointed by mayor
  17. TBA – At Large Community Member, appointed by Metropolitan Council
  18. Richard Speer – non-voting committee chair
  19. Black & Veatch – non-voting committee facilitator

It’s been over six years since the Great Flood of 2016 brought more than 17 inches of rain to the capital area, unleashing a deluge that left thousands of homes and businesses with severe damage. To this day, memories of the flood are still triggering to a number of Baton Rouge residents.

Click here for more on EBR’s efforts to improve its stormwater management.