of Local Levee Districts
of NE Louisiana Levee District
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.
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.
Basin Levee District personnel operate and maintain flood
control facilities, to include levees, pump stations and
major drainage channels.
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).
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.
levee district maintenance activities are annually evaluated
by both DOTD and USACE and written reports are issued
recommending corrective actions, if any are warranted.
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.