BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — After weeks of back and forth, the East Baton Rouge Metro council is still waiting to start a plan for the city’s stormwater issue.
On Tuesday the council was set to hear from the stormwater coalition, an advocacy group for clean water, but that has been pushed back.
In October, city-parish leaders said they are under pressure to get a new stormwater fee passed to prevent the federal government from taking over. some city officials also mentioned that federal regulators wanted EBR leaders to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) related to the new stormwater proposal. However, Congressman Garret Graves confirmed that was not entirely true. The council later voted against the utility fee but never discussed how they plan on fixing stormwater issues.
Councilwoman Laurie Adams says she still has unanswered questions about tackling stormwater.
“I think in general know that we have water quality issues but we’re working to understand what needs to be done to address those water quality issues. How is that going to impact our budget, how is that going to impact our city services,” she said.
Adams and Councilman Aaron Moak also reintroduced an item that will allow discussion with the parish attorney’s office regarding the status of the public records request regarding the NDA.
“We’re still seeking clarity and understanding as much to understand what happened and how to handle things in the future,” said Adams.
Adams hopes the council will start discussing a plan in early 2023.