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Baton Rouge’s $15 million Stormwater Master Plan could have a significant and lasting impact on reducing flood risk in the parish, according to HNTB project engineer Melissa Kennedy, who updated the Press Club of Baton Rouge today on the plan.

But the plan’s potential impact assumes two things:

• First, that federal, state and local officials fund the development and ongoing maintenance of the projects that will be identified in the plan.

• Second, that city-parish leaders—specifically, the Planning Commission and the Metro Council—enact policy changes around development in the floodplain.