Hurricane Ida Response

Water Quality's Response Post Hurricane Ida

Hurricane Ida Hits Southeast Louisiana

Hurricane Ida roared on to Louisiana’s coast and into the state’s wetlands sixteen years to the day that Hurricane Katrina made landfall. This storm was an intense Category 4 storm that saw rapid intensification and development. With 150-mph sustained winds, it was one of the most powerful storms to strike Louisiana in recent times. The intensity of Ida was matched by her stamina: It took more than half a day after landfall before the storm sustained winds dropped below Hurricane strength at 74 mph – north of the Mississippi-Louisiana state line.


Water Quality Sampling Resumes

Pontchartrain Conservancy, despite having several staff members directly impacted by the Hurricane, were back in the field after landfall. On Thursday, September 2nd, the Water Quality team was able to resume weekly sampling activities.

Below are the results from August 24th, 2021 before Hurricane Ida made landfall on August 29th. You can then see the results from the following samplings we did on September 2nd, 2021 and September 8th, 2021. 

Continuing Inspections on Commercial Wastewater Facilities

Our Wastewater Specialist, Ronny Carter, continued his wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) inspections across the northshore following Hurricane Ida. For over fifteen years Pontchartrain Conservancy has assisted businesses and homes with these WWTPs. We work with the plant owner to understand the parts of the plant and how it functions. We assess the plant to see if repairs need to be made and we guide the plant owners as repairs are made. The work Ronny does is especially vital after a storm. Learn more about this program here!


This map shows how many Commercial Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTP) were impacted by Hurricane Ida per parish. It also shows percentage without power immediately following the hurricane. Ronny's work with WWTP is of utmost important to help support them following this natural disaster. 

Stay Strong Louisiana!