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2016-2017 Restoration Planning


Draft and final 2016-2017 Trustee Implementation Group Restoration plans will be posted on this page for public review and comment. Below you will find links to download documents and to submit comments on any plan with an active public comment period.

+ Draft Strategic Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #3: Restoration of Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats in the Barataria Basin, Louisiana
The LA TIG has prepared this draft SRP/EA to analyze strategic restoration alternatives associated with the restoration of wetlands, coastal, and nearshore habitat resources and services in the Barataria Basin, which was heavily impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and associated response efforts (DWH oil spill). This Phase I SRP/EA also selects particular projects for further restoration planning and detailed environmental review in Phase II restoration plans. 

Public Comment Period: December 20, 2017 - February 5, 2018.

The public is encouraged to review and comment on this Draft SRP/EA. The Draft SRP/EA will be made available for public review and comment for 45 days following the release of the Draft SRP/EA, as specified in the public notice published in the Federal and Louisiana Registers. The public notice will also specify the date, time, and location of a public meeting. Comments on the Draft SRP/EA can be submitted during the comment period by one of following methods:

Submissions must be postmarked no later than 45 days after the release date of the Draft SRP/EA.

The Louisiana TIG will host the second public meeting on January 24, 2018; 5:30 p.m.; University of New Orleans, Homer Hitt Alumni Center, Geoghegan Grand Ballroom, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, LA 70148. This meeting will be live streamed on the Coastal Protection Authority Board's Facebook page. 

After the close of the public comment period, the LA TIG will consider the comments received and revise the Draft SRP as needed. A summary of comments received and the LA TIG’s responses (where applicable) will be included in the Final SRP/EA.


 Draft Strategic Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #3: Restoration of Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats in the Barataria Basin, Louisiana

 Executive Summary
+ Draft Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment #2: Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities
The LA TIG has prepared this draft RP/EA to inform the public about DWH NRDA restoration planning efforts and to seek public comment on the proposed alternatives for engineering and design, and implementation, in this RP/EA. 

Public Comment Period: December 20, 2017 - February 2, 2018.

The public is encouraged to review and comment on this RP/EA. Following the public notice, the RP/EA will be available to the public for a 30-day comment period. The deadline for submitting written comments on the RP/EA is specified in the public notice published in the Federal Register, and NOAA Gulf Spill web portal. Comments must be postmarked no later than 30 days after the start of the comment period. Comments on the RP/EA can be submitted during the comment period by one of following methods: 


By mail (hard copy), addressed to: 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service P.O. Box 49567 Atlanta, GA 30345; 
or 
Louisiana Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority 
ATTN: Liz Williams 
P.O. Box 44027 
Baton Rouge, LA 70804 

Please note that personal identifying information included in submitted comments (e.g., address, phone number, email address, etc.) may be made publicly available. 

The Louisiana TIG will host a public meeting on January 24, 2018; 5:30 p.m.; University of New Orleans, Homer Hitt Alumni Center, Geoghegan Grand Ballroom, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, LA 70148. This meeting will be live streamed on the Coastal Protection Authority Board's Facebook page. 

After the close of the comment period, the Louisiana TIG will consider all comments received and revise the RP/EA as appropriate. A summary of comments received and the Louisiana TIG’s responses where applicable will be included in the Final RP/EA. A summary of comments received and the DWH Trustees’ responses will be included in Section 7 of the final document and all correspondence received will be provided in an Appendix.


 Draft Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment #2: Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities

 Executive Summary
+ Final Restoration Plan #1: Restoration of Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats; Habitat Projects on Federally Managed Lands; and Birds
On January 20, 2017, the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group (Louisiana TIG) released the DWH Final Restoration Plan #1: Restoration of Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats; Habitat Projects on Federally Managed Lands; and Birds.


 Final Restoration Plan #1
 LA Register Notice of Availability
+ Draft Restoration Plan #1: Restoration of Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats; Habitat Projects on Federally Managed Lands; and Birds.
The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group (Louisiana TIG) prepared this Draft Restoration Plan to inform the public about DWH NRDA restoration planning efforts and to seek public comment on six preferred restoration alternatives proposed for engineering and design (E&D).  In identifying proposed projects for this Draft RP, the Louisiana TIG considered the OPA screening criteria, the Restoration Goals and other criteria identified by the Trustees in the PDARP/PEIS, the contents of Louisiana’s 2012 Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast (Coastal Master Plan), the need to provide restoration benefits across the many Louisiana basins impacted by the DWH oil spill, input from the public, and the current and future availability of funds under the DWH oil spill NRDA settlement payment schedule.  The six preferred projects and proposed funding requested in this Draft RP are set forth in the Table below. More information about each of these projects, as well as other projects evaluated by the Louisiana TIG, can be found in Section 2 of this Draft RP.  A public comment period will follow the release of this Draft RP.  Please refer to Section 1.8 of this Draft RP for further details regarding public involvement, including review and comment.

Project

PDARP/PEIS Restoration Goal and Restoration Type

Proposed Funding for E&D

Terrebonne Basin Ridge and Marsh Creation Project: Bayou Terrebonne Increment

Restore and Conserve Habitat: Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats

$3,000,000

Barataria Basin Ridge and Marsh Creation Project: Spanish Pass Increment

Restore and Conserve Habitat: Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats

$4,500,000

Lake Borgne Marsh Creation Project: Increment One

Restore and Conserve Habitat: Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats

$7,000,000

Shoreline Protection at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

Restore and Conserve Habitat: Habitat Projects on Federally Managed Lands

$2,300,000

Queen Bess Island Restoration Project

Replenish and Protect Living Coastal and Marine Resources: Birds

$2,500,000

Rabbit Island Restoration Project

Replenish and Protect Living Coastal and Marine Resources: Birds

$3,000,000


Public Comment Period: 10/20/16 - 12/09/2016
NOTE: This period has been extended.

Submit a Comment

A public meeting will be held Wednesday, November 30, 2016, in Baton Rouge at the State Capitol, House Committee Room 5, at 9:30 A.M.


 Draft Restoration Plan #1: Restoration of Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats; Habitat Projects on Federally Managed Lands; and Birds.
 LA Register Notice of Availability