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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5, 2021
Contact: coastal@la.gov
Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion Draft Environmental Impact Statement Available for Public Review and Comment
CPRA encourages active participation from all coastal stakeholders
To learn more, visit coastal.la.gov/midbarataria
BATON ROUGE, LA — Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for CPRA’s proposed Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion. This document signifies a critical milestone in the permitting process for the largest coastal restoration effort in the history of the State of Louisiana.

The DEIS includes an extensive review of both the benefits and impacts to the Barataria Basin’s physical, biological, and socioeconomic environment as a result of building and operating the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion. It also evaluates the environmental impacts to the Barataria Basin if the project is not built. 

“The Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion is the largest project of its kind ever undertaken in U.S. history, and represents an unparalleled, innovative coastal restoration effort unlike anything else in the world,” said Chip Kline, Executive Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Activities and CPRA Chairman. “This project will build and sustain thousands of acres of wetlands by reconnecting the Mississippi River to our wetlands and restoring the natural processes that built the very land we stand on today. This project also means added storm protection for our communities, a functional estuary that will support fish and wildlife into the future, and a significant economic stimulus that will add thousands of additional jobs to the region. The Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion is a cornerstone of our Coastal Master Plan, and its construction will ensure there will be a thriving landscape for future generations of Louisianans to call home.”

Concurrent with the DEIS release, the Louisiana Deepwater Horizon Trustee Implementation Group (LA TIG) has also published a Draft Restoration Plan for public review and comment. The LA TIG is a group of federal and state coordinating agencies responsible for overseeing spending of Louisiana’s allocation of natural resource damages settlement dollars. The Draft Restoration Plan explains the LA TIG’s considerations and evaluation process which ultimately led to their proposal to fund the project. 

“No other coastal project in Louisiana history has been more extensively studied, scrutinized and evaluated than the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion,” said CPRA Executive Director Bren Haase. “The science is clear: this project is our best opportunity to create a sustainable Barataria Basin for our children and grandchildren. We encourage everyone to review the DEIS and Restoration Plan, evaluate the future of the basin both with and without the project in place, and let the USACE and LA TIG know what you think.”

Both documents include a proposed monitoring, mitigation, and adaptive management plan that details measures the state intends to take to address negative impacts the project may have. The mitigation and stewardship measures included are informed by extensive outreach and engagement with community members, the seafood industry, science and academic communities, residents, navigation representatives, and other stakeholder groups.

The DEIS is available for public review and comment for a 60-day period. All public comments on either document must be submitted directly to USACE, as CPRA cannot accept public comments. 

Official public comments can be submitted to USACE in the following ways:

ONLINE
parkplanning.nps.gov/MBSD

MAIL
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District
Attn: CEMVN-ODR-E, MVN-2012-2806-EOO
7400 Leake Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118

CALL
866-211-9205

VIRTUAL MEETINGS
April 6, April 7, or April 8, 2021

Instructions on accessing virtual meetings and more information will be available at 
mvn.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Permits/Mid-Barataria-Sediment-Diversion-EIS    

 
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