Jun 4, 2013 8:43 AM by AP
The East Ascension Drainage Board has agreed to start contract negotiations with a Gonzales firm to clear out clogged waterways in the southern end of the parish.
Parish officials tell The Advocate the $1.5 million project would remove bayou muck, fallen trees and other debris that can act as dams impeding the flow of Panama Canal and Bayou Conway in the southern part of East Ascension.
Parish officials met recently with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and learned that work on each waterway would require two different kinds of permits - a standard wetlands permit allowing general maintenance and another kind of permit that is reserved for navigable waterways.
Bill Roux, East Ascension drainage director, said the lower part of each bayou is a navigable waterway.