Draft and Final Trustee Implementation Group Restoration Plans will be posted on this page for public review. Below you will find links to download documents.

Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #8: Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats

The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group has released its Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #8: Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats. We will accept comments through April 18, 2022.

The draft plan includes projects that restore Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats restoration type. It includes four proposed preferred alternatives. Two of the preferred alternatives are conceptual projects that would undergo engineering and design (E&D) if selected, and two alternatives that would be analyzed for full implementation if selected. The four proposed preferred alternatives have a total estimated cost of $74,800,000. The proposed preferred alternatives are:

  • Proposed projects for engineering and design:
    • New Orleans East Landbridge Restoration Project:  Engineering and design for a project that (if constructed in the future) would create and restore marsh habitat that separates Lake Pontchartrain from Lake Borgne and the Gulf of Mexico. Approximate cost: $4 million.
    • Raccoon Island Barrier Island Restoration Project: Engineering and design that (if constructed in the future) would create and enhance beach, dune, and tidal habitats through sand fill placement and shoreline protection. Approximate cost: $8.2 million.
  • Proposed projects for construction:
    • Bayou Dularge Ridge and Marsh Creation: Create and nourish marsh and restore the ridge feature on the south side of Bayou Dularge. Approximate cost: $41.4 million.
    • Bayou La Loutre Ridge Restoration and Marsh Creation: Create and nourish marsh along Lena Lagoon, and restore the ridge feature along the southern bank of Bayou La Loutre. Approximate cost: $21.2 million.

The restoration plan also included two non-preferred alternatives, which are not summarized here.

A public webinar will be held on April 5, 2022 at 12:00 pm Central Standard Time to present the draft restoration plan and the proposed preferred alternatives. If you are unable to attend the webinar, the materials will be posted online shortly after the webinar on the Louisiana Restoration Area web page.

Public Comment Period

Public comments, accepted through April 18, 2022, can be submitted online and through the mail.

Atlanta, GA 30345

April 5, 2022 Webinar

We will conduct a public webinar on April 5, 2022 at 12:00 pm CST. Please register for the webinar at our GoToWebinar registration page. After registering, participants will receive a confirmation with directions for joining the webinar. A GoToWebinar system check is recommended before attending.

Fact Sheet for Draft RP8

Draft RP-EA8_508_FINAL

2022-03 LA TIG Deepwater Vietnamese Fact Sheet for Draft RP8

Presentation for Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #8: Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats and the proposed preferred alternatives

The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group (LA TIG) released its Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #8: Wetland, Coastal, and Near shore Habitats on March 18, 2022. The LA TIG accepted public comments through April 18, 2022. A public webinar was held on April 5, 2022 at 12:00 pm CT to present the draft restoration plan and the proposed preferred alternatives. The presentation slides and script from the meeting are available below.

RP8 Public Meeting Presentation Final

LA RP8 Public Meeting Script

The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group has released its Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #7: Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats, and Birds. We will accept comments through September 22, 2020.

The draft plan includes proposed projects that restore the Wetlands, Coastal and Nearshore Habitat and Birds restoration types. It includes five proposed preferred alternatives which have a total estimated cost of $234.1 million. The proposed preferred alternatives are:

Birds:

  • Isle au Pitre Restoration – This project would enhance nesting conditions on the existing island by elevating portions of the island with dredged sediment and planting suitable vegetation for nesting brown pelicans and wading birds, long strips of deposited shell (shell rakes) for American oystercatchers, and shell or small limestone on the perimeter of the island for tern and black skimmer nesting habitat. The estimated project cost is $3.5 million (cost is E&D only).
  • Terrebonne Houma Navigation Channel (HNC) Island Restoration –This project would enlarge the island from its current size of 32 acres to approximately 50 acres by importing dredged sediment from a nearby suitable sand source and disposing of it adjacent and onto the existing island. The estimated project cost is $3.1 million (cost is E&D only).

Wetlands, Coastal and Nearshore Habitat:

  • Grande Cheniere Ridge Marsh Creation – This project would create up to 624 acres of marsh near Bayou Grande Cheniere, approximately 12,480 linear feet of earthen ridge along Jefferson Canal, and approximately 48,900 linear feet of earthen containment dike. The estimated project cost is $65 million.
  • Terrebonne Basin Ridge and Marsh Creation Project: Bayou Terrebonne Increment – This project would create up to 1,430 acres of brackish and saline marsh and restore up to 80 acres of earthen ridge. The estimated project cost is $156.5 million.
  • Bird’s Foot Delta Hydrologic Restoration – This project would restore the hydrology of the Mississippi River Bird’s Foot Delta by dredging Pass-a-Loutre, South Pass, and Southeast Pass to reconnect the Mississippi River with the marshes of the eastern and central Bird’s Foot Delta. The estimated project cost is $6 million (cost is for E&D only).

The restoration plan also includes two non-preferred alternatives, which are not summarized here.

A public webinar will be held on September 3, 2020 at 3:00 pm Central Standard Time to present the draft restoration plan and the proposed preferred alternatives. If you are unable to attend the webinar, the materials will be posted online shortly after the webinar on the Louisiana Restoration Area web page.

Public Comment Period

Public comments, accepted through September 22, 2020, can be submitted online and through the mail.

September 3 Webinar

We will conduct a public webinar on September 3, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. Central Standard Time. Please register for the webinar at our GoToWebinar registration page.

After registering, participants will receive a confirmation with directions for joining the webinar. A GoToWebinar system check is recommended before attending.

Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #7: Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats, and Birds

Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #7: Fact sheet

Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #7: Fact sheet Vietnamese

The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group has released a draft restoration plan that proposes three restoration projects for the Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats restoration type. The Trustees are hosting a webinar January  8, 2020, and we’re inviting the public to comment on the plan until January 21.

Together, the proposed projects would create or restore more than 1,900 acres of marsh, beach , and dune habitat and protect more than 11.5 miles of shoreline. The total estimated cost is approximately $209 million.

Draft Plan Summary

The “Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Analysis #6: Restore and Conserve Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitat” (PDF, 365 pages) evaluates four restoration projects; the three preferred by the Trustees are:

  • West Grand Terre Beach Nourishment and Stabilization: Creates and restores beach habitat, dune habitat, and intertidal marsh habitat and protects shoreline along Barataria Pass and Barataria Bay on West Grand Terre Island in Jefferson and Plaquemines Parishes. The estimated cost of the project is $92,500,000.
  • Golden Triangle Marsh Creation: Restores approximately 774 acres of broken marsh and open water through marsh creation to help buffer storm surge and provide estuarine habitat for Lake Borgne in Orleans and St. Bernard Parishes. The estimated cost of the project is $50,000,000.
  • Biloxi Marsh Living Shoreline: Creates oyster barrier reef along eastern shore of Biloxi Marsh to provide oyster habitat, reduce erosion, and prevent further marsh deterioration in Jefferson Parish. The estimated cost of this project is $66,600,000.

We may select one or more of these for implementation.

Public Comment Period and Webinar

Public comments will be accepted through January 21, 2020. Public comments can be submitted online and through the mail.

We will conduct a public webinar on January 8, 2020  at 12:00 noon CT. Comments may be provided by the public during the webinar.

The presentation will be posted on the web shortly after the webinar is conducted.

Louisiana Draft Restoration Plan #6
Louisiana Draft Restoration Plan #6 Fact Sheet in English
Louisiana Draft Restoration Plan #6 Fact Sheet in Vietnamese; tiếng Việt

The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group is considering several restoration projects to restore for injuries to marine mammals and oysters.  Those projects are included in a draft restoration plan now open for public comment for 30 days through April 20, 2020. The trustees are also holding a public webinar on the plan on April 8. The plan, fact sheets in English and Vietnamese, and the executive summary in Vietnamese are all below.

The plan, “Draft Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment #5: Living Coastal and Marine Resources – Marine Mammals and Oysters” (PDF, 218 pages), includes one preferred marine mammal project, and three preferred oyster projects.

Marine Mammal Restoration

The preferred project for marine mammal restoration will increase capacity for marine mammal stranding response along the Louisiana coast. It proposes enhancing the Louisiana Marine Mammal Stranding Network to enable more rapid responses to injured and dead dolphins and whales, and better understand the causes of death and illness by:

  • Hiring a Louisiana-based Stranding Coordinator that will build partnerships and conduct outreach
  • Providing additional infrastructure, equipment, and supplies needed to facilitate stranding response and improve rehabilitation capabilities (expected cost: $3,095,628).

Oyster Restoration

There are three preferred projects for oysters:

  • The Enhancing Oyster Recovery Using Brood Reef Project will construct a network of spawning stock oyster reefs to increase spawning oyster populations and offset impacts through construction of two reefs in the Lake Machais/Mozambique Point area and two in the Petit Pass/Bay Boudreaux area; and construction of up to 20 reefs in Chandeleur Sound (expected cost: $9,701,447).
  • The Cultch Plant Oyster Restoration Project will create oyster reefs through placement of limestone at a planting density of up to 200 tons per acre at select locations, with harvest closed until performance criteria are met (expected cost: $10,070,000).
  • The Hatchery-based Oyster Restoration Project will provide funding to support continued operations at the Michael C. Voisin Oyster Hatchery in Grand Isle, Louisiana with spat-on-shell deployment of hatchery-produced oysters onto existing shell substrate in public oyster seeding grounds that are low-producing or in need of rehabilitation (expected cost: $5,850,000).

We may select one or more of these projects for implementation.

Funding for oyster restoration under the preferred alternatives above is a commitment of all remaining dollars for oyster restoration in the Louisiana Restoration Area.  The programmatic structure of the proposed oyster cultch and brood reef projects should allow the trustees to continue to construct specific reef sites in the future. Additionally, the trustees may also propose projects in the future that benefit oysters through the wetlands, coastal, and nearshore habitats restoration allocation as described in the 2016 Programmatic Restoration Plan.

Public Comment and Webinar

The public is encouraged to review and comment on the draft plan through April 20, 2020 by submitting comments online, by mail, or during the public webinar.

We will hold a public webinar on April 8, 2020 at 4:00 pm CT. We will present the draft plan and take written comments submitted through the webinar.

Documents

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.

Public Comment: April 20, 2018 – May 21, 2018

Click here to access the online comment portal on the National Park Services website.

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 #4
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

The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group is considering design alternatives for the Large-Scale Barataria Marsh Creation: Upper Barataria Component project. The preferred design alternative, included in a draft restoration plan now open for public comment for 30 days until April 20, 2020, would create 1,207 acres of intertidal marsh in Upper Barataria Bay. The trustees will hold a public webinar to present the plan on April 2, 2020. The plan, fact sheets in English and Vietnamese, and the executive summary in Vietnamese are all below.

The plan, Draft Phase II Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment #3.3 (PDF, 155 pages) includes evaluation of three design alternatives for the Upper Barataria marsh creation project. The preferred alternative represents a balance among the area of marsh being created, construction time required, and cost. The estimated total cost for the preferred alternative is approximately $176,000,000.

The project was initially evaluated for engineering and design funding in the 2018 Strategic Restoration Plan to help compensate the public for injuries to wetlands, coastal, and nearshore habitats in the Barataria Basin, where the greatest oiling impacts from the Deepwater Horizon spill occurred.

Public Comment Period and Webinar

Public comments will be accepted for 30 days through April 20, 2020, and we will hold a public webinar on April 2, 2020. We encourage you to review and comment on the draft plan by submitting comments online, by mail, or during the webinar.

We will conduct a public webinar on April 2, 2020 at 4:00 pm CT. We will present the draft plan and take written comments submitted through the webinar.

The presentation will be posted on the web shortly after the webinar is conducted.

Documents

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.

Draft Restoration Plan #3

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.

Draft Restoration Plan #2

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

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

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.

Public Comment: December 7, 2018 – January 22, 2019

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

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

The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group has released a Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Cypremort Point State Park Improvements Project Modifications. The modifications under consideration include replacing the original proposed breakwater system project feature with other recreational use features. The Cypremort Project, with the breakwater system, was initially approved in the July 2018 Final Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #4 and had an estimated cost of $4.48 million. Since Restoration Plan #4 was approved, an alternative source of funds was found for the breakwater system.

The Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment evaluates three action alternatives:

  • Alternative A includes the components of the original Cypremort Improvements Project that were approved for funding but are not currently completed: improvements to an existing rock jetty, beach reclamation, construction of a marsh boardwalk and trail, and road and parking lot repairs.
  • Alternative B, the preferred alternative, includes the same components as in Alternative A and a new set of improvements at Cypremort Point State Park: an RV campground with approximately 30 new paved pull-through campsites with sewer, water, and electrical tie-ins; two mobile bathhouses with sewer, water, and electrical tie-ins; and a boat dock/fishing pier.
  • Alternative C includes the same components as Alternative B but eliminates the mobile bathhouses.

The estimated cost of the preferred alternative, Alternative B, is $4.48 million.

The modifications under consideration to the Cypremort Improvements project are consistent with the restoration alternatives selected in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Final Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan/Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PDARP/PEIS).

Public Comment and Webinar

The public is encouraged to review and comment on the draft plan. The public comment period will begin on April 20, 2020 and extend through May 20, 2020. Comments may be made online, by mail, or during the public webinar.

Atlanta, GA 30345

We will hold a public webinar on April 28, 2020 at 12:00 pm CT. We will present the draft plan and take written comments submitted through the webinar.

Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Cypremort Point State Park Improvements Project Modifications
Cypremort Point State Park Improvements Project Modifications Fact Sheet English
Cypremort Point State Park Improvements Project Modifications Fact Sheet Vietnamese

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