DEQ Communications Section / Media Affairs

As part of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality’s, Office of the Secretary, the Communications Section serves as a centralized source of information to media outlets such as newspapers, broadcast news networks, radio and online news services. 

Our Mission

The staff of the Communications Section is dedicated to providing reporters, writers, photographers, members of the media and concerned citizens with accurate information regarding DEQ activities, events and general information.

Resource for Media

If you are a member of media, please contact this office to ensure your questions are answered by your deadline. The staff can assist with answering questions about DEQ’s activities or any questions concerning the environment. The staff can provide an expert on most topics concerning the environment. 

About Us

The Communications team consists of a Press Secretary, two public information officers and a graphic designer. The team has years of combined experience in the journalism field and in graphic design.

The Communications Section routinely distributes information, press releases, public service announcements, a monthly newsletter, informational packets and other correspondence. The team is also responsible for media relations at events. Our team works with several groups to plan ceremonies, special events, public service announcements and content for the website. This section produces the agency's annual report and a quarterly e-newsletter, Discover DEQ.


The Communications Section is responsible for maintaining the DEQ website,, in conjunction with the agency’s webmaster and web team.

News Releases

The staff members are responsible for posting news releases concerning the agency’s activities. This information can be found on the homepage under Latest News. Additional new releases and information can be found on the main header under the News Tab. This tab contains current and archived DEQ new releases dating back to 2001, media advisories, fact sheets, public alerts, storm and hurricane information, an events calendar and a photo gallery. DEQ is a member of News, the official state website, which features up-to-the-minute news from participating state agencies.

Events Calendar

This service provides a monthly listing of calendar items including, deadlines, meetings, workshops, presentations and office closures.

Public Records Request and Electronic Document Management System

Public records requests should be directed to Records Management at 225-219-3168. You may either make a public records request online or visit one of our Public Records Centers. You may access the EDMS button on the website to conduct a records search on a specific site or facility.  EDMS contains a chronological list of all official records that have been created or received by DEQ as a matter of public record. 

Acronym Directory

The Acronym Directory is an alphabetical list of acronyms commonly used by DEQ and other state agencies as it relates to matters concerning environmental protection and DEQ-related operations.

Contact Us

Office hours are from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. To ensure your story deadline is met in a timely manner, please remember to call us directly at the numbers below or by email to If you are not a member of a media and have general inquires please contact our customer service center at 225-219-5337 or 225-219-LDEQ.


Greg Langley, Press Secretary



Jean Kelly, Public Information Officer


Tim Beckstrom, Public Information Officer


Emily Scott Barlett, Graphic Designer

Fax Number        225-219-3971

Physical Address

Galvez Building; 10th Floor
602 North 5th Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9396

Mailing Address

Office of the Secretary
Attn: Communication Section
P.O. Box 4301
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-4301

Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality 602 N. Fifth Street Baton Rouge, LA 70802
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