BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Millions were recently approved for mitigation projects in Louisiana. Governor John Bel Edwards says Louisiana will be dedicating $100 million in federal funding for 28 flood mitigation projects along with another $100 million as a funding opportunity for local and regional projects.

“As we continue working to reduce flood risks throughout Louisiana, the state is not only funding projects but assisting local and regional partners in project design and development to make sure we are funding high-impact flood mitigation efforts that don’t adversely affect surrounding communities,” Gov. Edwards said. “This work is central to the mission of the Louisiana Watershed Initiative, which is improving the way we approach flood mitigation by working collaboratively to develop and fund projects best suited for investment in each watershed region.”

The Design Support Program provides technical assistance to projects submitted in the Round 1 funding opportunity, according to the governor’s office. The Louisiana Watershed Initiative will be opening its second-round funding opportunity in January 2023.

Projects in Greater Baton Rouge include a $4.29 million Cancienne Canal Preservation project in Assumption Parish and a $1.4 million Jones Vaughn Creek Bridge project in West Feliciana Parish.

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