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November 2019

Draft Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment #1.3: Rabbit Island Restoration and Shoreline Protection at Jean Lafitte Historical National Park and Preserve (Phase 2 RP/EA #1.3)

2019-11-20T15:37:50+00:00November 20th, 2019|News|

The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group has prepared the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group Draft Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment #1.3: Rabbit Island Restoration and Shoreline Protection at Jean Lafitte Historical National Park and Preserve (Phase 2 RP/EA #1.3) proposing construction activities to help restore injured resources under two restoration types identified in the Final PDARP/PEIS: “birds” and “habitat projects on federally managed lands”. The two projects were approved for engineering and design (E&D) in a 2017 restoration plan entitled Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group Final Restoration Plan #1: Restoration of Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats; Habitat Projects on Federally Managed Lands; and Birds (Phase 1 RP #1).

The Phase 2 RP/EA #1.3 analyzes design alternatives for the two projects and proposes a preferred design alternative for construction of each. The proposed Rabbit Island project would meet the goal of restoring and conserving birds by restoring 87.8 acres of the island’s original 200-acre footprint for bird habitat. This would be done by raising the elevation of Rabbit Island using dredged fill material from the Calcasieu Ship Channel as the borrow source area. The proposed Jean Lafitte project would protect the shoreline and provide conditions for submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) to thrive, a nearly continuous rock breakwater would be implemented, with rock elbows protecting fish gaps and existing infrastructure along the eastern shorelines of Lake Cataouatche, Lake Salvador, and Bayou Bardeaux in the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. The northern portion of the rock breakwater would extend approximately 5.3 miles from Bayou Verret to tie into an existing riprap shoreline protection project at Lake Salvador near Couba Island with canal openings and pipeline right-of-way (ROW) access where needed. The southern portion of the proposed rock breakwater would tie into the southernmost end of the pre-existing riprap shoreline protection and extend approximately 2.2 miles to the area near Isle Bonne with pipeline ROW access where necessary. In Phase 2 RP/EA #1.3, the LA TIG is proposing to fund and implement only the southern portion at this time.

The LA TIG will host a public webinar on December 2, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. CST. The public may register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/576465552592329228. After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the webinar. You may submit comments on the draft Phase 2 RP/EA #1.3 by one of the following methods:

  • Via U.S. Mail:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 29649, Atlanta, GA 30345.  To be considered, mailed comments must be postmarked on or before the comment deadline.
  • During the public webinar: Written comments may be provided by the public during the webinar.

We welcome comments on Phase 2 RP/EA #1.3 and will consider public comments received on or before December 20, 2019. After the public comment period ends, the LA TIG will review, consider, and address public comments before releasing a final plan and environmental assessment.

Draft Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment #1.3: Rabbit Island Restoration and Shoreline Protection at Jean Lafitte Historical National Park and Preserve (Phase 2 RP/EA #1.3)

Rabbit Island Restoration and Shoreline Protection at Jean Lafitte Historical National Park and Preserve Fact Sheet

October 2019

Draft Phase 2 Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment #1.2: Spanish Pass Ridge and Marsh Creation Project and Lake Borgne Marsh Creation Project

2019-10-18T14:02:38+00:00October 18th, 2019|News|

The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group has released the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group Draft Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment #1.2: Barataria Basin Ridge and Marsh Creation Project Spanish Pass Increment and Lake Borgne Marsh Creation Project Increment One (Phase 2 RP/EA #1.2), proposing construction activities for the restoration of wetlands, coastal, and nearshore habitats injured as a result of the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill. The two projects were approved for engineering and design (E&D) in a 2017 restoration plan entitled Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group Final Restoration Plan #1: Restoration of Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats; Habitat Projects on Federally Managed Lands; and Birds (Phase 1 RP #1). The Phase 2 RP/EA #1.2 analyzes design alternatives for the two projects and proposes a preferred design alternative for construction of each. We invite comments on the draft Phase 2 RP/EA #1.2.

The LA TIG will host a public webinar on October 28, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. CST. The public may register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4633351197181038605.

After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the webinar. The presentation will be posted on the web shortly after the webinar is conducted.

You may submit comments on the draft Phase 2 RP/EA #1.2 by one of the following methods:

  • Via U.S. Mail:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 29649, Atlanta, GA 30345. To be considered, mailed comments must be postmarked on or before the comment deadline.
  • During the public webinar: Written comments may be provided during the webinar.

We will consider public comments on the draft Phase 2 RP/EA #1.2 received on or before November 18, 2019. After the public comment period ends, the LA TIG will review, consider, and address public comments before releasing a final plan and environmental assessment.

Draft Phase 2 Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment #1.2: Spanish Pass Ridge and Marsh Creation Project and Lake Borgne Marsh Creation Project

Spanish Pass and Lake Borgne Fact Sheet

July 2019

Notice of Intent to Draft Restoration Plan in Louisiana

2019-07-19T21:02:50+00:00July 19th, 2019|News|

The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group is beginning the process of drafting a Deepwater Horizon restoration plan to address the restoration goal of Restore and Conserve Habitat. The plan will consider projects under the “Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats” restoration type and under the following restoration approaches: create, restore, and enhance coastal wetlands; restore oyster reef habitat; create, restore, and enhance barrier and coastal islands and headlands; and restore and enhance dunes and beaches. Development of the Restoration Plan will be consistent with the Trustees’ Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan (PDARP), the Oil Pollution Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, their implementing regulations, together and with all applicable Federal and Louisiana law.

We began this restoration planning effort on June 6, 2019 by requesting project ideas from the public. The submission period for project ideas closed on July 5, 2019. We greatly appreciate your input and are reviewing those projects that were submitted

We expect to release a draft restoration plan and associated environmental analyses in late 2019. The public will be given the opportunity to review and provide input on the proposed plan, including any specific projects proposed for implementation. After the public comment period ends, we will review, consider, and incorporate public comments, as appropriate, before releasing a final restoration plan.

June 2019

Notice of Solicitation of Project Ideas

2019-06-06T19:06:36+00:00June 6th, 2019|News|

The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group is planning restoration activities to address injuries caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. We would like your input regarding natural resource restoration opportunities in Terrebonne, Lafourche, Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, and St. Bernard Parishes in Louisiana.

We will consider a range of restoration activities under the Restore and Conserve Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats restoration type. More specifically, we will consider these restoration approaches under this restoration type:

  • Create, restore, and enhance coastal wetlands,
  • Restore oyster reef habitat,
  • Create, restore, and enhance barrier and coastal islands and headlands, and
  • Restore and enhance dunes and beach.

We will consider restoration project proposals that could be ready for construction within 12 to 18 months of your submission. To that end, specifically, we would like to identify projects for which environmental compliance and/or engineering and design are already underway.

You can find information on the Restore and Conserve Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats restoration type, the four restoration approaches listed above, and the Oil Pollution Act  criteria against which project ideas are being evaluated in the programmatic restoration plan and in the plan overview.

You may submit restoration project ideas for consideration to the Trustees or to the State of Louisiana. If you have submitted project ideas in connection with other Louisiana restoration planning efforts, including Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan and Deepwater Horizon restoration planning efforts, you do not need to resubmit those ideas. Instead, simply reference the method of and date of submittal of those previous project proposals, and we will consider them in this planning effort.

New or revised project ideas should be submitted through the Trustee portal or the Louisiana portal by July 5, 2019. Projects submitted after the deadline will be considered in future restoration planning efforts.

We will consider projects that address the listed restoration type/restoration approaches and may develop one or more draft restoration plans. We may also develop our own restoration projects for consideration.

Please contact us at LATIG@LA.gov if you have any questions. We look forward to considering your restoration project ideas.

April 2019

Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan for changes to the Lake Charles Science Center and Educational Complex project

2019-04-19T12:53:47+00:00April 19th, 2019|News|

The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group has released a draft supplemental restoration plan proposing changes to the Lake Charles Science Center and Educational Complex project, previously approved in the July 2018 Final Restoration Plan #2. If approved, the project site would be updated to co-locate the future science center with the Lake Charles Children’s Museum at the planned Port Wonder Facility, a future education and recreation development.

The Trustees notified the public of the considered changes in October 2018 and are soliciting public comment on the draft supplemental restoration plan until May 20, 2019. We will also hold a public meeting in Lake Charles on May 8.

Following the original approval of the project, stakeholders in Lake Charles requested that the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group consider co-locating the Science Center with the planned Children’s Museum. The move would offer synergies between the two, potentially enhancing the center’s visibility, accessibility, and overall opportunities for the public to play and learn in one centralized area. The preferred alternative, with the same project scope as the original, would include a 6,900 square foot science center operated by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, along with 8,800 additional square feet of space shared with the museum.

Public comment can be submitted online or by U.S. Mail:

Online Address: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/LARPSCEC

Mail Address:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
P.O. Box 29649
Atlanta, GA 30345

Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan: Changes to the Lake Charles Science Center and Educational Complex

Lake Charles Science Center and Educational Complex Fact Sheet

March 2019

Louisiana Trustees Release Final Restoration Plan for Queen Bess Island

2019-03-14T15:56:26+00:00March 14th, 2019|News|

The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group has released its Final Phase 2 Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #1.1: Queen Bess Island Restoration (PDF, 77 pages). The plan is consistent with the Trustees’ Programmatic Restoration Plan and includes activities for restoring natural resources and services injured or lost in Louisiana due to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The Queen Bess Island Draft Restoration Plan evaluated two design alternatives for restoration of bird habitat, plus a no action alternative. The preferred alternative would create 30 acres of brown pelican habitat and 7 acres of tern and skimmer habitat. The Trustees presented the draft at a public meeting held on January 3, 2019, and collected public comments through January 22, 2019. After consideration of the comments received, the Trustees selected the preferred alternative and completed the final plan. The total estimated cost of the project is $18.71 million. This includes an estimated $2 million in engineering and design and $16.71 million for construction, maintenance, monitoring, adaptive management, and any future engineering and design costs required.

January 2019

Comments on Queen Bess Island Restoration still being accepted despite federal government shutdown

2019-01-11T19:15:39+00:00January 11th, 2019|News|

The federal government shutdown has affected the online portal for submitting public comments on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group’s (LA TIG) Draft Restoration Plan #1.1: Queen Bess Island Restoration Project. However, interested parties can continue to comment through the official submission deadline of January 22, 2019, via regular U.S. mail to this address:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
P.O. Box 49567
Atlanta, Georgia 30345

Comments will also now be accepted via email at LATIG@la.gov through the duration of the comment period.

The comment period began with the release of the draft restoration plan on December 7, 2018. Interested parties have until January 22, 2019, to provide comments on the draft restoration plan. With the website comment portal currently not operable, the public is being advised of the additional means of commenting through email and the continued way of commenting through regular mail.

The Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #1.1: Restoration of Queen Bess Island was released by the LA TIG and is consistent with the Trustees’ Programmatic Restoration Plan and proposes activities for restoring natural resources and services in Louisiana injured or lost as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The Draft Restoration Plan 1.1 evaluates two alternatives for restoration of bird habitat, plus a no action alternative. The preferred alternative would create 30 acres of brown pelican habitat and 7 acres of tern and skimmer habitat. The estimated cost of the preferred alternative is $16.7 million. After the public comment period ends, the LA TIG will review, consider, and address public comments before releasing a final plan.

Click HERE for the Queen Bess Island project factsheet.

December 2018

Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #1.1: Restoration of Queen Bess Island

2018-12-07T18:13:08+00:00December 7th, 2018|News|

The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group has released its Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #1.1: Restoration of Queen Bess Island. The draft plan is consistent with the Trustees’ Programmatic Restoration Plan and proposes activities for restoring natural resources and services injured or lost as a result in Louisiana caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

We will hold a public meeting on January 3, 2019 at 9:30 a.m., in association with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building, 200 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA, 70808. Verbal comments of the draft restoration plan will be taken during this meeting.

Comments can be submitted online or mailed:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
P.O. Box 49567
Atlanta, Georgia 30345

The draft plan is available for public review and comment through January 22, 2019. After the public comment period ends, the LA TIG will review, consider, and address public comments before releasing a final plan and environmental assessment.

July 2018

Final Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #4: Nutrient Reduction (Nonpoint Source) and Recreational Use

2018-07-19T14:03:59+00:00July 19th, 2018|News|

The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group (Louisiana TIG) has released the Final Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #4: Nutrient Reduction (Nonpoint Source) and Recreational Use. This Final Restoration Plan describes and proposes restoration project alternatives considered by the Louisiana TIG to improve water quality by reducing nutrients from nonpoint sources and to compensate for recreational use services lost as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Final Restoration Plan #4
Final Restoration Plan #4: Appendices A-G
Final Restoration Plan #4: Executive Summary

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

2018-07-19T14:00:38+00:00July 19th, 2018|News|

The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group released its Final Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #2: Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities. This plan describes and selects projects intended to restore for lost recreational use opportunities caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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