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June 28, 2023 2:12 PM

SALTWATER INTRUSION UPDATES

President Biden signed a federal emergency declaration for the saltwater intrusion event as of September 27, 2023. State of Emergency is in effect in Plaquemines Parish.

To stay current and receive accurate information about the saltwater intrusion effecting the Mississippi River, please click the link below. This link is to be used in conjunction with information provided by the local, state and federal authorities:

Louisiana Department of Health
Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
US Army Corps of Engineers
New Orleans District.


http://www.emergency.la.gov/


Do you have questions of how saltwater impacts livestock, plants, etc?

LSU AgCenter has this information available by visiting https://gohsep.la.gov/emergency/Saltwater or contact your parish Ag Agent below:

Plaquemines and St. Bernard Parish- Anna Timmerman, 312-846-0689 (cell),
atimmerman@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Orleans Parish- Dr. Joe Willis, 504-258-3392, jwillis@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Jefferson Parish- Chris Dunaway, 504-736-6519, cdunaway@agcenter.lsu.edu.

St. Charles Parish- Gabriel LoCoco, 985-785-4473, glococo@agcenter.lsu.edu

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Latest Update:

January 26, 2024 4:06 PM

Saltwater Intrusion Update - 11/26/2024

https://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/Media/News-Releases/Article/3655973/last-saltwater-wedge-forecast-released-by-usace/

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District released January 25th the last Saltwater Wedge Timeline forecast of the 2023 low water event, which began in June and lasted 209 days.

USACE uses the National Weather Service 28-day Lower Mississippi River forecast, daily river observations and computer modeling to project the progression of the saltwater intrusion as it relates to the multiple municipal water treatment facilities along the river. 

Based on the latest forecast and current position of the toe of the saltwater wedge, no municipal water treatment facilities along the Mississippi River are expected to experience chloride levels above 250 parts per million. 

The updated Saltwater Wedge Timeline is available on the New Orleans District website here:  https://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/Missions/Engineering/Stage-and-Hydrologic-Data/SaltwaterWedge/

With rising flow rates, the saltwater wedge has moved downriver toward the Gulf of Mexico and was last measured at river mile 11 on Jan. 22. Erosion has begun at the underwater sill constructed, and augmented, to arrest progression of the saltwater intrusion. USACE will continue to survey the site until the sill has eroded to the river bottom.

In addition to construction of the underwater sill, USACE also barged 153 million gallons of water and deployed four reverse osmosis water purification units to impacted water treatment facilities during the 2023 low water event.

USACE will now begin further evaluation of the performance of the augmented sill, its emergency support efforts to the state and local governments and regional communication approaches to identify and apply lessons learned to future low water events. 

Unless conditions change, this week’s timeline will be the final scheduled announcement regarding progression of the saltwater intrusion.

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November 2, 2023 2:38 PM

Saltwater Intrusion Update - 11/02/23

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District released today the latest Saltwater Wedge Timeline forecast of when water treatment facilities may be impacted by saltwater intrusion. 

Read more at the press release here:

https://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/Media/News-Releases/Article/3577222/latest-saltwater-wedge-forecast-released-by-usace/


October 26, 2023 10:46 AM

Saltwater Update - 10/26/23 
The US Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District has released the latest Saltwater Wedge Timeline forecast of when water treatment facilities may be impacted by saltwater intrusion.
Currently, Belle Chasse Water Treatment Plant is not expected to be impact until November 30th. 
The Dalcour Water Treatment Plant is not expected to be impacted per the updated timeline.
Chloride levels throughout the entire parish remain well below  250 mg/l being supplied to our residents & businesses. All Drinking Water Advisories were lifted on Wednesday, October 19th after consulting with LDH.  LDH & Inframark are conducting additional testing of lead and copper throughout the parish.
Contractors are finalizing installation and testing of water samples of reverse osmosis units at the following water treatment plants: Boothville, Port Sulphur, and Pointe a la Hache.  They are anticipating to be operational by next week. Barging of water to the Port Sulphur and Pointe a la Hache Plants are ongoing.
Water line "tie-in" projects between Plaquemines & Orleans Parishes has been completed.  Work between Plaquemines and Jefferson Parishes is ongoing. Work between Plaquemines and St. Bernard Parish is still in progress.saltwater wedge