WASHINGTON– U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the Belle Chasse Water Treatment Plant will receive a $4 million grant from the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). The grant will fund the construction of a new raw water intake pump station and is expected to help create 625 jobs and retain 6,000 jobs.
“Building up our infrastructure in preparation for the next natural disaster is of national importance,” said Dr. Cassidy. “This grant boosts resiliency and we appreciate the president and his administration for their support.”
“The Trump Administration is committed to helping communities impacted by natural disasters not only to build back, but also to build back stronger,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “This project will promote economic resilience and long-term disaster recovery from Hurricane Harvey in Plaquemines Parish.”
The project results from regional planning efforts led by the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission, and was funded by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, in which Congress appropriated $600 million to the EDA for disaster relief and recovery as a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and other 2017 natural disasters under the Stafford Act.