The Department of Environmental Affairs to Receive Award

The Department of Environmental Affairs is a recipient of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality’s 2017 Environmental Leadership Program Municipality Achievement Award in Pollution Prevention.

The award recognizes the Department of Environmental Affairs’ achievement in “Educational Workshops that focused on reducing pollution from Commercial and Residential Construction Projects – General Construction and Shoring/Elevation”.

The Department of Environmental Affairs investigates hundreds of complaints regarding illegal discharges to the drainage system each year. Approximately 20% of all complaints regarding pollutants entering the storm drainage system involve construction related activities.

Programs were designed to educate contractors and other building professionals about how their activities affect storm water quality and what can be done to decrease pollutants in runoff from construction sites.The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) stated, “The department applauds your commitment towards improving the quality of Louisiana’s environment through your pollution prevention, waste reduction, or environmental stewardship efforts.”

The 2017 Environmental Leadership Program Awards Ceremony will take place at 1:30pm on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at the Oliver Pollock Room, DEQ Conference Center located at 602 N. Fifth Street in Baton Rouge.

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