“Under this program, our permit applications or supporting documentation goes to the top of the pile,” said Matassa.

Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa announced that East Ascension Consolidated Gravity Drainage District #1 has signed an agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers to prioritize drainage projects in Ascension Parish for permitting.

Commonly known as the “214 program,” Ascension Parish will commit $100,000 per year in order to receive priority assistance from a Corps employee dedicated for Ascension Parish projects.

“Under this program, our permit applications or supporting documentation goes to the top of the pile,” said Matassa. “We have drainage projects that have been stuck in permit limbo for years, but now we have committed the resources to get these projects approved faster.”

The first projects Ascension Parish plans to submit for priority permitting consideration are the Fish Bayou floodgate and the New River weir removal and dredging.

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