The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) is one of 28 National Estuary Programs throughout the United States and its territories. The National Estuary Program was established by Congress through section 320 of the Clean Water Act or 1987. The Barataria-Terrebonne estuarine complex became a National Estuary in 1990.
The purpose of the Baton Rouge Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) Control and Wastewater Facilities Program is to address the existing Consent Decree while planning for Baton Rouge's future sewer infrastructure needs. The City-Parish (C-P) wants an affordable, constructible and sustainable SSO Program that addresses present challenges while planning for future growth, meets Consent Decree deadlines and is implemented in a true partnership with the City-Parish with full accountability to the public.
The Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals Beach Monitoring Program tests water at 26 beach sites along the Louisiana coast to determine whether the water quality meets Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) criteria. This program is part of the federal Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) Act of 2000. The BEACH Act is an amendment to the Clean Water Act requiring all coastal states to develop programs for effective water quality monitoring and public notification at coastal recreational beaches.
Links to best management practices (BMPs) manuals for agronomic crops, aquaculture, beef, dairy, poultry, rice, sugarcane, sweet potatoes and swine
USGS website provides access to biological data (fish, invertebrates, algae) throughout the United States. Site also contains physical information (drainage area, stream reach length, light intensity, etc.) for the sampling site. Found data for 31 sites in Louisiana covering approximately 25 streams.
Established by Section 405(d) and (e) of the Clean Water Act and 40 CFR Part 503 of the federal regulations, establishes standards, which consist of general requirements, pollutant limits, management practices, and operation standards, for the final use or disposal of sewage sludge generated during the treatment of domestic sewage (including sewage sludge applied to the land). 40 CFR 503.14 (d) states that bulk sewage sludge shall be applied to agricultural land, forest, a public contact site, or a reclamation site at a whole sludge application rate that is equal to or less than the agronomic rate for the bulk sewage sludge (for control of nutrients).
A Louisiana Department Of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) program which compiles Animal Feeding Operations Data for poultry, cattle and swine farms operations and facilities. The data collected on this facilities can be used to assist in the establishment and sustainment of healthy environmental conditions statewide. Focus is on improved nutrient management through coordinated efforts by regulated facilities and agencies. Statewide census of animal populations are identified at the website.
Established by Section 401 of the Clean Water Act. Establishes that any applicant for a Federal license or permit to conduct any activity shall provide the licensing or permitting agency a certification from the State in which the discharge originates or will originate and that any such discharge will comply with the applicable provisions of CWA sections 301, 302, 303, 306, and 307.
link that has led and directed the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay since 1983. The Chesapeake Bay Program partners include the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia; the District of Columbia; the Chesapeake Bay Commission, a tri-state legislative body; the EPA, representing the federal government; and participating citizen advisory groups. Each Bay Program partner uses its own resources to implement Bay restoration and protection activities. Partners work together through the Bay Program’s goal teams, workgroups and committees to collaborate, share information and set goals.