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DEQ to hold second meeting in Evangeline Parish to protect drinking water

The DEQ Drinking Water Protection Team needs you! There will be a second meeting for the Evangeline Parish Drinking Water Protection Program, and it is not too late to get involved.

DEQ 2015 Environmental Leadership Program Awards presented

Today, DEQ hosted the Environmental Leadership Awards at the DEQ headquarters in the Galvez building in downtown Baton Rouge. DEQ Secretary Peggy Hatch was joined by Sen. Mike Walsworth, chair, Senate Environmental Quality Committee, and Rep. Gordon Dove, chair, House Natural Resources and Environment Committee, to recognize environmental achievements. Members of ELP were commended for their voluntary pollution prevention efforts, community environmental outreach initiatives and environmental management systems that went above and beyond regulatory compliance to improve the environment.

2015 Envirothon environmental competition held at LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

The 2015 Louisiana Envirothon Environmental Competition was held March 14 at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens in Baton Rouge. Five teams from grades 9 through 12 participated in an environmental problem solving competition that consisted of testing in aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife, the current issue on Urban and Community Forestry and an oral presentation.

Calcasieu Parish couple arrested for knowingly violating environmental permit

Today investigators with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality's Criminal Investigation Division arrested a Calcasieu Parish couple on 15 felony violations of Louisiana�s Water Control Law. Ronnie LaRocca, 54, and Katherine LaRocca, 51, residing at 2530 Carlo Henry Road, own and operate Oak Forest Mobile Home Park on La. 3059 east of La. 171 in Lake Charles. The LaRoccas are alleged to have knowingly violated their water discharge permit issued by DEQ over the past four years when they failed to sample sewage treatment plant discharges from their mobile home park and submit quarterly monitoring reports to DEQ.

    DEQ seeking feedback on prioritization framework under the Clean Water Act

    The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is collaborating with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on a long-term vision for assessment, restoration and protection under the Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 303(d) Program.

    DEQ offers hands-on training for NetDMR online reporting in Baton Rouge

    The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is offering training for permittees on the use of the NetDMR online application for the submission of discharge monitoring reports. A discharge monitoring report, known as a DMR, is a self-reporting document that is generated by permittees who have a Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit. The DMR contains information about discharges into waters of the state.

    Southern Environmental Enforcement Network recognizes EPA Baton Rouge Resident Office

    The Baton Rouge office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Criminal Investigation Division (USEPA-CID) was recognized March 4 by the Southern Environmental Enforcement Network (SEEN) for outstanding achievement in environmental enforcement and extraordinary support of the SEEN. Geary Allen, executive director of SEEN, presented a plaque to Brett Spiers, resident agent in charge of the Baton Rouge office, acknowledging the office's excellent work.

    West Baton Rouge Parish to hold Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day, March 21

    West Baton Rouge Parish is holding a Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day for West Baton Rouge Parish residents only 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, March 21. Drop-off point is the Mouch Multi-Purpose Arena in Port Allen. No commercial waste will be accepted. For a list of what will and will not be accepted at this HHMCD, please see the attached flyer.

    Attention - Workshop Cancellation

    *****Attention workshop cancellation***** The Construction Stormwater Permit workshop scheduled for March 5 - 10 a.m. - noon at the Tudor Community Center, 341 Bragg Street, Pineville has been rescheduled due to possible inclement weather. The class is rescheduled to Tuesday, April 7 at Kees Park Community Center, 2450 Hwy 28 East, Pineville. If you have any questions, please contact Linda Hardy at

      Jeffrey Nolan recognized by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Deepwater Horizon investigation

      Jeffrey Nolan, Manager of DEQ's Criminal Investigation Division, was recognized Tuesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Excellence in Criminal Enforcement in the investigation of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that occurred in April 2010.

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