The Environmental Service Division was originally created to serve as an independent quality control agency and regulatory monitoring authority for the Water and Sewerage Department.
The role of the office has expanded, and now includes providing regulatory/ environmental guidance and assistance to all City departments. In addition, the Environmental Services Division oversees the City’s Brownfields; air quality improvement initiatives; city-owned underground storage tank monitoring and compliance; Cross Lake Watershed management program; and the City’s storm water and industrial pretreatment programs.
Brownfields in the City of Shreveport - The City of Shreveport is dedicated to the redevelopment of “Brownfields” sites (properties that have been unused or underutilized over the years due to actual or perceived environmental contamination). We administer a Brownfields revolving loan fund which can assist with the cleanup of such sites. Non-profits may be eligible for grants instead of loans. We can also work to provide links to other resources that may be available for assessing and/or cleaning up these sites.
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Please select from the following list of application forms:
- Stormwater Section
- Land Altering Activities
- Industrial Activities
- Reporting Pollution
- Other Resources
The City of Shreveport is actively involved in protecting the quality of water in our local water bodies, including Red River, Cross Lake, and numerous streams and water bodies. Cross Lake, our drinking water supply source, receives special attention in this regard, for obvious reasons.
The Stormwater Section
The Stormwater Section of the Environmental Service Office monitors the quality of water throughout the city's storm water collection system to determine whether water bodies are being adversely impacted by pollution from construction activities, industry, erosion, and runoff from streets and highways.
When problems are noted, appropriate enforcement action is taken.
Construction Site Water Quality Problems
Sediment runoff from construction sites can be significant and can impair streams, lakes, and rivers. This erosion is caused by stream bed scouring and habitat degradation, shoreline erosion, and stream bank widening, loss of fish population, and increased frequency of downstream flooding.
In addition, sediment often carries with it high loadings of metals, nutrients (such as phosphorus and nitrogen), and other pollutants which adversely affect the quality of downstream water bodies.
Construction Site Requirements
Certain permits and erosion control/pollution prevention practices are required:
Industries can affect water quality in two ways:
Most all industries are aware that the direct end of pipe discharge of wastewater from their industrial process requires a permit, issued by the state (or, if the discharge is to the city's sanitary sewer system, issued by the city's pretreatment section). However, many industries may not be aware that storm water runoff from their facility is also subject to regulation.
Storm water flows over and through an industrial facility, picking up pollutants from outdoor spills and leaking or dirty objects and taking these pollutants to our bayous, lakes, and rivers.