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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

March 2018

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

2018-03-19T21:56:24+00:00March 19th, 2018|News|

The LA TIG has prepared the Final 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).

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

Final Restoration Plan #3: Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

December 2017

Draft Strategic Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #3: Restoration of Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats in the Barataria Basin, Louisiana – (12/11/2017)

2018-02-19T20:41:34+00:00December 12th, 2017|News|

The LA TIG has prepared the 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).

Public Comment Period: December 20, 2017 – February 5, 2018

The Louisiana TIG will also take written and verbal comments at the CPRA Board Meeting on January 17, 2018; 9:30 a.m.; Louisiana State Capitol, House Committee Room 5, 900 Third Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802.

A second public meeting, to be held in the evening, is being planned and the location and time of this meeting, when confirmed, will be posted here.

Executive Summary

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

Draft Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment #2: Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities – (12/11/2017)

2018-02-19T20:38:26+00:00December 12th, 2017|News|

The LA TIG has prepared this 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 construction in this RP/EA.

Public Comment Period: December 20, 2017 – January 19, 2018.

The Louisiana TIG will also take written and verbal comments at the CPRA Board Meeting on January 17, 2018; 9:30 a.m.; Louisiana State Capitol, House Committee Room 5, 900 Third Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802.

Executive Summary

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