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St. Tammany Parish Active in Flood Protection and Coastal Restoration Ventures

St. Tammany Parish Active in Flood Protection and Coastal Restoration Ventures

St. Tammany Parish Awarded $10 Million for Nonstructural Flood Risk Reduction Projects

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper recently requested funding from the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) for flood risk reduction. Governor John Bel Edwards and CPRA announced earlier this week that St. Tammany has been awarded $10 million in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funding from the Louisiana Watershed Initiative (LWI) for nonstructural projects.

“Our coastal communities from Slidell to Madisonville are under frequent threat of storm surge and inland flooding, particularly during hurricane season. We greatly appreciate this funding which will support our efforts to implement resiliency and flood risk reduction plans for the benefit of our citizens most negatively impacted,” said President Cooper.

A total of $163 million in funding was awarded to 15 separate projects throughout the State. According to CPRA, all projects were chosen because they align with the long-term resilience objectives of the Louisiana Watershed Initiative and the state’s $1.2 billion CDBG-MIT Action Plan, including natural flood management, flood control, and critical infrastructure projects. The funding for these projects is part of the $1.2 billion in federal mitigation funds allocated to the State of Louisiana. 

St. Tammany Parish Government Partnerships Achieve Flood Protection, Marsh Creation and Aquatic Habitat Establishment 

St. Tammany Parish Government recently partnered with the Town of Madisonville, the Pontchartrain Conservancy, and Arcosa Marine to plant 2,400 one-gallon bald cypress trees over a 12-acre area, flanked by the Tchefuncte River in the Madisonville community. The goal of these plantings, on Lake Road, is to create a coastal wetland buffer or Bio-Shield. The trees provide a barrier to waves and can reduce the wave action on the land itself.

“We know that trees offer more than beauty to our community. This collaborative project is in keeping with our ongoing focus on flood protection, protection of our natural resources, and our Replant St. Tammany initiative. Trees are a natural source for flood protection and they offer a natural habitat for wildlife,” said St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper. “I want to thank all of our partners in this project. We look forward to seeing these saplings mature to enhance the wetlands and increase this natural storm surge defense.”

“The Town of Madisonville greatly appreciated working in conjunction with St. Tammany Parish and Arcosa Marine on the planting of 2,400 bald cypress saplings here in Madisonville,” said Mayor Jean Pelloat. “We feel that this will help tremendously with coastal preservation and with the flooding in town. We look forward to the beautiful growth of the trees in the near future.”

“On average, every 2.7 miles of coastal wetlands can reduce storm surge by up to one foot. As many parts of our region continue to face increasing environmental threats and challenges, it is important for us to restore the wetlands that act as vital lines of defense against damaging storm surge and winds,” said Pontchartrain Conservancy Coastal Scientist Shelby Barrett. “We’re extremely grateful to partner with St. Tammany Parish, the Town of Madisonville and Arcosa Marine on this critical restoration project.”

“Arcosa Marine has a culture that values environmental responsibility and is a part of this community,” said Arcosa Marine Vice President of Operations, Bryson Person. “These are our neighbors, and we are proud to partner with the parish and the town to restore and preserve this habitat while giving something back to the land and the community.”

This project is a continuation of the Replant St. Tammany initiative. Since 2013, St. Tammany Parish Government has planted nearly 62,000 trees throughout 90 acres in St. Tammany to increase flood protection, improve water quality, create and preserve natural wildlife habitat, and help in wave and storm surge reduction in coastal areas.

Watch the video about this project here.

Christmas Tree Recycling

St. Tammany Parish Government partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in two separate projects to utilize the recycled Christmas trees from Parish citizens. The trees were part of marsh restoration in the Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge in Lacombe, and the creation of fish habitat in the Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge at the Turnaround Fishing Pond in Pearl River.

Watch the video of tree placement in the marsh from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service here.

 

 

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Statement by St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper on Positivity Rates

As percent positivity rates in St. Tammany Parish continue to decline, St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper thanks residents for their diligence and encourages citizens to utilize opportunities for vaccine availability.

“Our hard work is paying off. At 2%, we are seeing the lowest percent positivity rate in St. Tammany since October of 2020. In addition, beginning Monday, vaccine eligibility opens to every person 16 or older. I urge everyone who wishes to be vaccinated to take this opportunity to receive the vaccine,” President Cooper said. “As we continue to work together, I want to thank every citizen in our community for continuing to do what medical professionals recommend to slow the spread of COVID-19, as we work to balance the health of our community with the health of our economy.”

For information regarding COVID-19, including vaccine information and percent positivity statistics, visit www.stpgov.org/covid19.

 

 

 

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Camp Salmen Nature Park Remains Closed

Camp Salmen Nature Park Remains Closed

Camp Salmen Nature Park remains closed due to water in the Park and on the nature trails throughout the Park. The Park will reopen when officials determine it is safe for the public.

Parish Government will announce any emergency preparedness information to the public, contingent on the forecast, through the local media, our website, and through social media on Facebook and Twitter. Links to river gauges in St. Tammany and the status of local roadways are posted at www.stpgov.org/departments/hsep. Citizens can also subscribe to our email list to receive automatic updates from the Parish by visiting www.stpgov.org.  

Camp Salmen Nature Park is located at 35122 Parish Parkway Slidell.

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Camp Salmen Nature Park Closes due to High Water

Camp Salmen Nature Park Closes due to High Water

Camp Salmen Nature Park is closed due to high water on the roadway in the Park and on the nature trails throughout the Park. The Park will reopen when officials determine it is safe for the public.

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper continues to ask citizens to stay tuned to local weather as St. Tammany remains under a Flash Flood Watch through the evening of Thursday, March 25, 2021.

Parish Government will announce any emergency preparedness information to the public, contingent on the forecast, through the local media, our website, and through social media on Facebook and Twitter. Links to river gauges in St. Tammany and the status of local roadways are posted at www.stpgov.org/departments/hsep. Citizens can also subscribe to our email list to receive automatic updates from the Parish by visiting www.stpgov.org.  

Camp Salmen Nature Park is located at 35122 Parish Parkway Slidell.

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St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Thanks Citizens for Support of Drainage Millage Continuation

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Thanks Citizens for Support of Drainage Millage Continuation


St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper thanked citizens for recognizing the importance of the 1.69 drainage millage continuation and choosing to overwhelmingly support the millage.

“The continuation of this revenue will allow us to move forward with identified drainage projects and continue to find ways to increase our resilience in the years to come, as we address the flood protection needs of our citizens,” President Cooper said. “The Parish Council and I agree that proper drainage is critical in protecting both life and property from the threat of flooding. I want to thank citizens for their trust in Parish Government to continue to use this funding responsibly.”

The funds collected from this millage return approximately $3.9 million in revenue annually. Over 70 projects have been funded by this millage in the last 10 years.

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Bars in St. Tammany May now Operate at 50% Capacity as Percent Positivity Rate Drops

Bars in St. Tammany May now Operate at 50% Capacity as Percent Positivity Rate Drops 

Bars in St. Tammany May now Operate at 50% Capacity as Percent Positivity Rate Drops  

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced that effective 5 p.m. today, March 18, 2021, bars located in St. Tammany may now operate at 50% capacity as the Percent Positivity Rate in St. Tammany has moved below 5% for two consecutive weeks, according to the Louisiana Department of Health. 

“St. Tammany citizens have worked hard to adhere to best prevention practices, and many who are eligible are choosing to get the vaccine. These factors are impacting our positivity rates in a good way,” said President Mike Cooper. 

The specific language in Proclamation Number 29 JBE 2021 COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Phase 3 of Resilient Louisiana states: “If a bar is located in a parish that has a percent positivity of 5% or less for two consecutive weeks, as determined and published by the Louisiana Department of Health, the bar may operate at 50% capacity, not to exceed 250 people, as determined by the State Fire Marshal. Should any parish that opts in subsequently exceed 5% positivity for two consecutive weeks, bars in that parish shall return to 25% capacity.”

Proclamation Number 29 JBE 2021 COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Phase 3 of Resilient Louisiana may be found here
 

 

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Executive Order Initiating Phase III of The Parish's Recovery Plan- March 31, 2021 - March 3, 2021 

Executive Order Extending Modified Phase II of The Parish's Recovery Plan- March 3, 2021 - February 11, 2021 

Executive Order Extending Modified Phase II of The Parish's Recovery Plan-February 10, 2021 – January 13, 2021

Executive Order Extending Modified Phase II of The Parish's Recovery Plan-January 13, 2021 - December 22, 2020

Executive Order Initiating A Modified Phase II of The Parish’s Recover Plan – November 30, 2020

Executive Order Extending Phase Three of Recovery Plan - December 4th - November 6, 2020

Executive Order Amending Phase Three of Recovery Plan – Outdoor Athletic Venues – October 23, 2020

Executive Order Amending Phase Three of The Recovery Plan November 6th - October 9, 2020

Executive Order Amending Phase Three of The Recovery Plan - Reopening Bars - October 7, 2020

Executive Order Amending Phase Three of The Recovery Plan September 21, 2020

Executive Order Implementing Phase Three of The Recovery Plan September 14, 2020

Executive Order Extending Phase 2 To September 11th - August 28, 2020

Executive Order Extending Phase 2 To August 28th - August 7, 2020

Executive Order Extending Phase 2 To August 7th - July 24, 2020

Executive Order Requiring Masks or Facial Coverings in Public Spaces

Executive Order Extending Phase 2 June 26, 2020

Executive Order Implementing Phase Two of The Recovery Plan June 4, 2020

Executive Proclamation: State of Emergency For Covid-19 Phase 2 Of Resilient Louisiana 

Executive Order Terminating Stay-At-Home Order And Implementing Phase One Of The Recovery Plan May 15, 2020

Extended Stay At Home Order April 30, 2020

Extended Stay At Home Order April 7, 2020

Executive Order Stay At Home 

Emergency Declaration 03172020 

Emergency Declaration 03132020 

 

 

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Save the Date for 2021 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Save the Date for 2021 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced the 2021 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 23, 2021. The event will take place at the Oak Harbor Park and Ride, 100 Harbor Center Boulevard, adjacent to the Harbor Center in Slidell.

“We know citizens look forward to this extremely popular event each year and we are happy to be able to bring it back in 2021,” said President Cooper. “This is an opportunity to responsibly dispose of your household hazardous waste.”

This collection event is for residential household hazardous waste only. Information will be posted on www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org as the event date approaches.

 

 

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Parish President Mike Cooper Reflects on the One-Year Anniversary of COVID-19 Impacting St. Tammany

“One year ago, St. Tammany, like much of the rest of the world, was faced with the reality of COVID-19. We came together as community and faced the uncertainty of a novel virus, loss of lives to this disease, and sacrifices we all had to make in order to protect the most vulnerable among us, as well as our frontline healthcare professionals. We did this to balance the health of our community with the health of our economy,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President.

President Cooper went on to say, “I am thankful and proud of the way we worked together and I am proud of where we now stand. Let’s continue to move forward by making individual choices to protect one another, and by utilizing the vaccine to protect ourselves as we mourn the lives of those we lost to this disease, celebrate those who have recovered, and thank the people who lovingly cared for them all.”

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Highest Live Release Rate Ever and Other Exciting News from the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter

Highest Live Release Rate Ever and Other Exciting News from the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter

The Live Release Rate for the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter reached 92%— the highest it has ever been — for the months of January and February, 2021.  The Live Release rate, according to the ASPCA, is “… an indication of the number of animals leaving a facility by means other than euthanasia or in‐shelter death. Live outcomes are usually achieved through adoption, reclaimed by owner, transferred to another agency, or other life‐saving actions.” This exceptional rate was achieved through a coordinated effort by Shelter staff to facilitate shelter adoptions and work with credible compassionate rescue groups to pull animals for adoption or transport animals for adoption to other locations in the United States where there is a shortage of adoptable animals. The St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter Rescue Coordinator works to match animals with their ideal forever families, while shelter staff and volunteers work to care for and socialize animals surrendered or brought into the Shelter.

“We have seen outstanding progress in the Shelter due to the hard work of our dedicated staff, as well as our partnerships with credible rescue groups who work with our staff to ensure the best outcome for each animal in our care,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “We will continue to build on these relationships as we see many more adoptable animals matched with loving, suitable homes.”

A more user-friendly landing page for Animal Services — www.stpgov.org/pets — now includes all shelter intake and outcome statistics; current partner rescue groups; and adoptable pets. More features will be added going forward.

The Department of Animal Services has also launched several additional tools to assist both citizens and their pets. Through the expansion of the Shelter’s social media platforms, citizens can now search for or post a lost or found pet to the newly launched Facebook page, St. Tammany Return to Home. Animal Services has partnered with PawBoost in this effort. PawBoost is a nationwide company who partners with local shelters and local communities to assist in finding lost animals.

Starting Wednesday, March 10, 2021, Animal Services will be open to the public as we move into Phase III. Appointments for adoptions are not required, but still recommended. Volunteers will also be welcomed back to the Shelter. Complete Shelter information may be found at: www.stpgov.org/pets .

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St. Tammany Parish Government Buildings Will Open to the Public Under New Phase III Guidelines

St. Tammany Parish President, Mike Cooper announced that St. Tammany Parish Government buildings will officially reopen to the public Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at 8 a.m. All visitors will undergo COVID-19 screenings and will be required to wear a mask when inside Parish buildings, in addition to while visiting Parish-owned playgrounds like the Kids Konnection and the playground at Camp Salmen Nature Park, in keeping with the mask mandate.

“We are ready to welcome citizens back to our buildings. We ask that everyone be prepared to undergo screenings, and please wear a mask,” President Cooper said. “We want to build on our forward momentum and for that reason, we still need to take responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19, by continuing to take necessary precautions.”

Parish Government employees will resume on-campus work at full occupancy. Parish-run litter abatement crews utilizing staff working to fulfill Community Service obligations will continue but with increased capacity. The Department of Animal Services will welcome volunteers back to the Shelter.

While appointments are no longer required to complete Parish business, they are recommended.

Agencies located in the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center will operate as follows:

The 22nd Judicial Courts (applies to St. Tammany and Washington Parishes) – Everyone is required to wear a mask before entering the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center. Members of the public who are noticed with a scheduled in-person Court appearance or have an appointment with an agency located in the Courthouse will be admitted. No children will be allowed to enter the Courthouse except as pre-approved by the Judge of the division or the agency permitting them access to their office.

The St. Tammany Parish Assessor’s Office — Remains open to the Public by Appointment only. Citizens can visit STPAO.org, to make an appointment or they can call at (985) 809-8180

The complete Phase III Executive Order may be viewed here.

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