Authorized project to reduce flooding along 5 sub-basins throughout the parish, including Jones Creek, Ward Creek, Bayou Fountain, Blackwater Bayou, and Beaver Bayou . This project consists of improvements to 66 miles of channels, including clearing and snagging, widening, concrete lining and improvements to existing culverts and bridges to reduce headwater flooding/backwater overflow in the Amite River Basin. The Feasibility Study was authorized in WRDA 1992 and the Chief’s report approved Dec 1996.
Project was first authorized for construction in WRDA 1999 at a total cost of $113M, increased in 2003 by the Consolidated Appropriations Resolution (CAR) to $150M, increased again in WRDA 2007 to $187M ($255M in current dollars).
The authorized project is intended to reduce flooding throughout East Baton Rouge Parish by improving 66 miles of channels in 5 sub-basins including:
- Jones Creek and tributaries (Designed to convey a 50-year event): Clearing and snagging 3 miles and structurally lining 16 miles with reinforced concrete
- Ward Creek and its tributaries (Designed to convey a 10-year event with a portion to convey a 50 year event): Clearing and snagging 14 miles of channel and concrete lining
- Bayou Fountain (Designed to convey a 10-year event): Clearing and widening 11 miles of channel
- Beaver Bayou (Designed to convey a 25-year event): Widening 8 miles of existing earthen channel and improvements to existing culverts and bridges
- Blackwater Bayou and its main tributary (Designed to convey a 10-year event): Widening 13 miles of existing earthen channel and improvements to existing culverts and bridges