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The West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office, with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, will be hosting a Boater Education Class on July 18 and 22. (Participants will register for the 18th OR the 22nd, NOT both days.) Class will be held from 8am-4pm at the WFPSO Substation. Lunch will be provided.

Two dates are available. You only need to register for ONE DATE.

o 7/18/23 Boater’s Ed class link:

o 7/22/23 Boater's Ed class link:

This free boating course usually lasts between 6 and 8 hours. Participants usually complete the course in one day. The course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal and equipment requirements, navigation rules, navigation charts, trailering, sailboats, and related subjects that include canoeing, personal watercraft and more. Participants who complete the course will receive a Boater Education Certificate.

We encourage every boater to take a boater education course. However, if you were born after January 1, 1984, you must successfully complete an LDWF-approved boater education course to operate a motorboat over 10 horsepower, unless you are accompanied by someone over age 18 who has a successfully completed an LDWF-approved boater education course, if required.

In addition, if you were born after January 1, 1984, you must successfully complete an approved boater education course to operate a personal watercraft. You must also be age 16 or older to operate a personal watercraft.

Individuals must carry their certification of course completion while on the motorboat or personal watercraft.

If you are a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain, you are not required to take this course to operate a motorboat or personal watercraft.

Youth younger than age 10 may take a boater education course but are not eligible to be certified. They must retake the course to be certified when they reach 10 years of age or older.

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For Immediate Release – May 12, 2023

Contact: Louisiana DWRLF Program Manager Joel McKenzie at 225-342-7499 or, or West Feliciana Parish Executive Assistant Emily Cobb at 225-784-3647 or

St. Francisville, La. – Nearly 4,500 water customers in West Feliciana Parish will soon benefit from a more efficient, safer water delivery service thanks to a $4.24 million investment in the parish system by the Louisiana Department of Health’s Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund (DWRLF) Program, in conjunction with a new federal funding program.

The system is installing an automated water meter reading program and replacing worn waterlines for greater efficiency and improved pressure. The new automated program will also include an online portal for customers to monitor their water usage and to set alerts for high-use thresholds to assist in managing their costs.

West Feliciana Parish government manages Consolidated Waterworks District No. 13, which covers most of the parish, including the Tunica Water System. Only those water systems managed within the Town of St. Francisville and the Angola State Penitentiary are not included.

“This investment will allow our system to better serve our customers and provide a solid base for growing our service in the years to come,” West Feliciana Parish President Kenny Havard said.

DWRLF Program Manager Joel McKenzie said West Feliciana Parish’s water system is the first in Louisiana to receive Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) funds, which are part of a new $50 billion five-year federal funding initiative for drinking water and wastewater system infrastructure improvement projects across the country.

“Louisiana was recently awarded $26.93 million in year-one funds as part of this program,” McKenzie said. “The West Feliciana Parish project is getting almost $3 million in principal forgiveness through this initiative. The remaining $1.24 million awarded to the parish has been made available as a low interest subsidized loan.”

He noted that the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH), which oversees the state’s DWRLF program, closed on the West Feliciana Parish loan on Feb. 9, 2023.

The contract for the work has been awarded to Ferguson Water Works, and construction is set to begin in early July. Contractors anticipate completing the installation of the meters and waterlines within eight months of beginning work.

The parish has acquired additional funds through the state to consolidate District No. 13 and the Tunica Water System into one connected system. The parish anticipates the work beginning this summer and running for at least six months.

LDH Chief Engineer Amanda Ames noted that Congress established the State Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund programs in 1996 as part of amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act. The program is jointly funded by an annual grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (80%) and the individual participating states (20%).

In Louisiana, the program is administered by LDH’s Office of Public Health, which oversees DWRLF. Loans made through this program are low interest and have a maximum 30-year repayment period.

"Safe drinking water is fundamental to community health, and this program helps communities throughout Louisiana keep their water as safe as possible without placing an undue burden in the form of expensive financing,” Ames said.

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