How One City Tackled Expensive Infrastructure Upgrades

Operators and political leaders team up to win full state funding for badly needed wastewater and drinking water infrastructure upgrades in Tallulah, Louisiana.
How One City Tackled Expensive Infrastructure Upgrades
The Tallulah team includes, from left, Kelvin Brooks, sewage technician; C.J. Oney, city superintendent; Eddie Blanson, sewage operator; and Johnny Robertson, sewage technician.

The Louisiana City of Tallulah prospered for many years, until the 1970s, when a large lumber mill closed down and the newly built Interstate 20 diverted east-west traffic around the community.

As the local economy declined and the tax base dried up, critical infrastructure —...

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