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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

June 2018

LA TIG Annual Public Meeting

2018-06-08T18:57:02+00:00June 8th, 2018|News|

Save the Date: Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group Annual Meeting June 26

The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group (LA TIG) will hold its annual public meeting on June 26, 2018, at the Tulane River and Coastal Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. At the meeting, the LA TIG will have an open house where the Louisiana Trustees and Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill restoration partners from the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (RESTORE) and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) will be available for discussions and questions regarding the implementation of DWH restoration projects in Louisiana. After the open house, the Louisiana Trustees will present restoration planning and project implementation updates, followed by a public comment session. We encourage community members and stakeholders to attend, hear about the LA TIG’s restoration planning and projects and connect with the LA Trustees.

DATE

June 26, 2018

LOCATION         

Tulane River and Coastal Center (next to Mardi Gras World)
1370 Port of New Orleans Place
New Orleans, LA 70130

TIME    

Open House for discussion and questions                                5:30 – 6:00 PM

Public Meeting for presentation and public comment          6:00 – 9:00 PM

Free parking will be provided at Parking Lot J located on the corner of Henderson Street and Port of New Orleans Place (see below map). We look forward to seeing you there later this month. Stay tuned to the Gulf Spill Restoration and LA-DWH websites for further updates.

LA TIG Annual Public Meeting

May 2018

Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Elmer’s Island Access Project Modification

2018-05-11T14:08:32+00:00May 11th, 2018|News|

The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group (Louisiana TIG) has released the Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Elmer’s Island Access Project Modification. This Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan was prepared by the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group (LA TIG) to assess the environmental impacts from the modification of a proposed project that was included in the “Draft Restoration Plan/ Environmental Assessment #2: Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities1” (Draft RP/EA #2), which was released in December 2017 for public comment. At this time, we are releasing the Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan early and requesting public comment beginning May 21, 2018, through June 20, 2018.

Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Elmer’s Island Access Project Modification
Draft Restoration Plan #2

April 2018

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

2018-05-11T14:08:43+00:00April 17th, 2018|News|

The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group (Louisiana TIG) has released the Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #4: Nutrient Reduction (Nonpoint Source) and Recreational Use. This Draft 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. At this time, we are releasing the Draft Restoration Plan early and requesting public comment beginning April 20, 2018, through May 21, 2018.

Recreational Use Restoration
The Deepwater Horizon spill oiled shorelines and resulted in the closure of waterways, parks, and other coastal areas in Louisiana resulting in decreased access to recreational fishing and camping, as well as other outdoor activities which diminished the public’s recreational opportunities and use of natural coastal resources.
To help restore those losses, we are proposing approximately $38 million in project alternatives which emphasize the creation and enhancement of recreational opportunities, including:

  • Fishing, beach-going, camping, and boating;
  • Public access to natural resources for recreational use;
  • Infrastructure for improved of recreational experiences; and
  • Educational and outreach components to help encourage the use and stewardship of natural resources.

Nutrient Reduction Restoration Strategies
Excess nutrients flowing into Louisiana’s coastal estuaries cause harmful algal blooms and oxygen-depleted water, negatively impacting spawning of our fisheries’ habitats and food sources already injured by the 2010 oil spill.
We are proposing approximately $9.5 million in project alternatives designed to help restore and enhance water quality in Louisiana’s coastal watersheds by reducing nutrient and nonpoint source pollution runoff on agricultural lands, focusing on the following strategies:

  • Nutrient Reduction on Dairy Farms (Two projects in three parishes)
  • Nutrient Reduction on Crop and Grazing Lands
  • Winter Water Holding on Cropland

Public Meeting
The Trustees will hold a public meeting to facilitate public review and comment on the Draft Restoration Plan at the Tulane River and Coastal Center on April 24, 2018; Open House 5:30 p.m., Meeting 6:00 p.m.; 1370 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans, LA 70130.

Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #4: Nutrient Reduction (Nonpoint Source) and Recreational Use
Draft Restoration Plan #4: Appendices A-E
Draft Restoration Plan #4: Executive Summary
Draft Restoration Plan #4: Fact Sheet
Draft Restoration Plan #4: Vietnamese Fact Sheet