Tougher water quality rules coming - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Tougher water quality rules coming

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Tougher federal clean water rules are on the way. But state environmental officials are trying to help local governments, businesses and individuals follow the rules."The responsibility for clean water lies with each and every one of us,"said Tom Killeen with LDEQ Water Permits Division.  He was here for a training program for those trying to learn how to comply with new requirements.

Clean water has been a high priority for many years now.  When the federal government first started cracking down on polluters they concentrated on big industries as they tried to clean up waterways. But now officials say industries are largely following the rules so they are zeroing in on smaller sources and harder to control sources such as storm water. Kileen admits it can be controversial. "You can't always control what your contribution to this problem is versus somebody else's. So, at the state level, LDEQ, we're trying to maintain a common sense approach, a teamwork approach."

Kileen says things like muddy water runoff from construction sites really can damage water quality. "Suspended sediments have a big impact on aquatic life. They settle down into the bayou, they suppress the organic layer of the bayou, they kill the bugs and the phytoplankton that are in the water body and that's the base of the food chain. If you suppress and kill the microorganisms, well then the small fish won't have anything to feed off of, then of course the large fish won't."

A seminar was held to help local government and small business understand what they have to do as regulations get tougher. And Kileen says LDEQ can help. "They're not going to come out to persecute you and write you up. Now, we do have surveillance people that will do that, but if you invite us out, we're not going to do that. We're going to come out to help you."

And he says everyone can help whether it's participating in hazardous waste collection days or keeping the home sewerage system maintained. Individuals or businesses can get more information on DEQ's web site.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Dry conditions for the end of the week, with more storms arriving this weekend

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Dry conditions for the end of the week, with more storms arriving this weekend

    Thursday, April 27 2017 4:01 PM EDT2017-04-27 20:01:42 GMT
    Strong storms expected this weekendStrong storms expected this weekend

    Tonight we are not expecting any rain. We will have clouds increasing as we go through the night. By the morning hours on Friday, we should have mostly cloudy skies. Temperatures will be in the middle 60s in most places. Friday has low chances for any rain. Although, we could see a few small showers come through in the morning hours. By the afternoon, we should have partly to mostly cloudy skies. Highs will be a little warmer in the middle 80s. It will also be a windy day.

    More >>

    Tonight we are not expecting any rain. We will have clouds increasing as we go through the night. By the morning hours on Friday, we should have mostly cloudy skies. Temperatures will be in the middle 60s in most places. Friday has low chances for any rain. Although, we could see a few small showers come through in the morning hours. By the afternoon, we should have partly to mostly cloudy skies. Highs will be a little warmer in the middle 80s. It will also be a windy day.

    More >>
  • Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Thursday, April 27 2017 1:42 PM EDT2017-04-27 17:42:44 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The following is a list of road closures for Southwest Louisiana.

    More >>

    The following is a list of road closures for Southwest Louisiana.

    More >>
  • What's that noise? Jets arriving today for the Chennault International Airshow

    What's that noise? Jets arriving today for the Chennault International Airshow

    Thursday, April 27 2017 1:41 PM EDT2017-04-27 17:41:07 GMT
    (Source: Chennault Airshow)(Source: Chennault Airshow)

    If you hear a roaring through the skies over the next few days, it's likely aircraft from the Chennault International Airshow, which begins today. Look to the skies and you're likely to see plenty of jets and jet trails. For airshow schedules and performers, click HERE. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    If you hear a roaring through the skies over the next few days, it's likely aircraft from the Chennault International Airshow, which begins today. Look to the skies and you're likely to see plenty of jets and jet trails. For airshow schedules and performers, click HERE. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly