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Jul 25, 2011 7:28 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Audit: Ascension lacks storm water plan

GONZALES, La. (AP) - Officials say a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency audit has found that Ascension Parish government lacks a storm water management plan that is overdue by 3 1/2 years.
EPA spokesman Dave Bary said in an interview with The Advocate that enforcement officials found the plan missing during an audit earlier this year.
Storm water plans outline how governments try to limit pollution from running off into drainage systems, creeks and bayous. The fixes might range from erosion controls at construction sites to public educational campaigns. Since the discovery, parish officials said they have been bringing the parish into compliance and implementing the plan.
Ben Laurie, chief parish engineer, said the plan is now nearly finished and will be reviewed by department heads this week.

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