Press Release

For Immediate Release

State Seeks Firms for Initial Watershed Modeling

Date:May 16, 2019

In a major step forward for the Louisiana Watershed Initiative, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has begun seeking qualified engineering firms interested in developing statewide hydrological computer models.

The firms chosen will develop scientific models across seven regions throughout the state that consider the movement of water within each one. This is a crucial step in the process of developing an effective statewide system for flood risk reduction. The modeling will provide key insights into the effect of water-related projects and policies on all communities within their respective watersheds, and it eventually will help predict the movement of floodwaters.

This modeling effort is just one of many ways the Initiative is working toward reducing flood risk statewide, particularly as Louisiana awaits federal guidance on a $1.2 billion congressional allocation dedicated to flood mitigation.

The deadline to respond to the advertisements for LWI Region Nos. 2, 3, 5 and 7 is June 17. The proposal due dates for the remaining regions will be established by an addendum to each corresponding advertisement after consultants are selected for these regions. For full details and to access the advertisements, click here.

About the Louisiana Watershed Initiative

Gov. John Bel Edwards established the Council on Watershed Management in 2018 through Executive Order JBE18-16, which serves as the coordinated, interagency structure at the state level for watershed-based flood risk reduction. In August 2018, the Louisiana Watershed Initiative was launched to serve as the programmatic arm under which all related efforts operate.

For additional information on the Louisiana Watershed Initiative, visit or email