Tensas Basin Levee District
and Board of Levee Commissioners  
      c/o Naomi Eppinette, P. O. Box 68, Rayville, Louisiana 71269     

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505 District Drive
, LA 71202-6862

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About the Tensas Basin Levee District

The Tensas Basin Levee District was created by an Act of the Legislature in 1884 and is the oldest levee district in the state. 

The District includes all or part of eight parishes: Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin, LaSalle, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland and West Carroll. 

The Governing Board consists of eleven commissioners, one in each parish, an additional at-large member and two additional commissioners in Ouachita Parish. The legal domicile office is in Rayville, Louisiana with additional offices in Monroe, Louisiana, Jonesville, Louisiana and Arkansas City, Arkansas.

Revenue is derived from an ad valorem (property) tax (currently 3.0 mils), leases on 2,732 acres of land (petroleum, hunting, campsite, marina and farming leases) and investment income. The budget for fiscal year 2010-2011 is $7,261,722.00. All funds expended in Arkansas are reimbursed at 101% by the Southeast Arkansas Levee District.

Tensas Basin Levee District personnel operate and maintain flood control facilities, to include levees, pump stations and major drainage channels.

Any engineering required on levee board projects is performed by Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) or U. S. Army Corp of Engineers, Vicksburg District (USACE).

Statewide coordination exists in the form of a DOTD engineer and a USACE field engineer at every board meeting. All permits issued by the Executive Director are done so only after written comments and letters of no objection are received by both the DOTD and USACE and included in the permit.

The levee district maintenance activities are annually evaluated by both DOTD and USACE and written reports are issued recommending corrective actions, if any are warranted.

Commissionerís monitor agency operations for fiscal accountability and serve as liaison between the levee district and their respective communities. Their business experience is invaluable to the levee district.