Louisiana Key Facts:
Water and Environment
- Louisiana’s dam safety program has 5.2 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 105.4 state regulated dams.
- Louisiana has 33 high hazard dams.
- 86% of the state regulated dams in Louisiana have an Emergency Action Plan.
- Louisiana’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $800,909.
- Louisiana has reported $6.9 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.
- Louisiana has 9 sites on the National Priorities List.
- Louisiana has approximately 3,122 miles of levees according to the current FEMA Midterm Levee Inventory.
- Louisiana has reported $4 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.
- There are 75 public-use airports in Louisiana.
- 1,783 of the 13,175 bridges in Louisiana (13.5%) are considered structurally deficient.
- 2,032 of the 13,175 bridges in Louisiana (15.4%) are considered functionally obsolete.
- Louisiana received $171.7 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.
- Louisiana has 2,820 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 2nd in the nation.
- Louisiana’s ports handled 449.3 million short tons of cargo in 2009, ranking it 2nd in the nation.
- Louisiana has 17 freight railroads covering 2,858 miles across the state, ranking it 24th by mileage.
- Driving on roads in need of repair costs Louisiana motorists $1.2 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $408 per motorist.
- 62% of Louisiana’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
- Louisiana has 61,335 public road miles.
- Louisiana’s highway vehicle-miles traveled in 2009 was approximately 9,997 per capita, ranking it 28th in the nation.
- Louisiana’s gas tax of 20 cents per gallon has not been increased in 22 years.
- Louisiana has 30,249 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.
Parks and Recreation
- Louisiana has reported an unmet need of $207 million for its parks system.
- Public school districts in Louisiana spent a total of $1.7 billion on capital outlays for school construction and acquisition of land and existing structures in fiscal years 2005–2008.
- It is estimated that Louisiana schools have $7.3 billion in infrastructure funding needs.
- Louisiana produces 3.577 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 30th.
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