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#543 Draft: New Orleans to Venice

Final EA #543

Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)
Environmental assessment #543

New right of way and mitigation for the New Orleans to Venice hurricane risk reduction project: incorporation of non-federal levees from Oakville to St. Jude and New Orleans to Venice Federal hurricane protection levee, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana

Description of the Proposed Action: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), New Orleans District (CEMVN), has prepared Environmental Assessment (EA #543) to evaluate the potential impacts associated with proposed modifications to the right of way (ROW) necessary for the New Orleans to Venice Hurricane Risk Reduction Project: Incorporation of Non-Federal Levees (NFL) from Oakville to St. Jude and New Orleans to Venice Federal Hurricane Protection Levee (NOV HPL). (Col lectively referred to as "NFL NOV".) EA #543 also evaluates the potential impacts associated with completing compensatory mitigation for the impacts that would be incurred from construction of the NFL NOV projects using the previously identified ROW, as modified by the new ROW addressed in EA #543. As a resu lt of the NFL NOV projects, dry bottomland hardwoods (BLH-Dry), wetland bottomland hardwoods (BLH-Wet), scrub shrub, swamp, wet pasture, freshwater marsh, intermediate marsh, brackish marsh, saline marsh, and open water habitats are being impacted in the Barataria Basin.

Final Environmental Assessment #543 and Signed Finding of No Significant Impact
Appendix A Figures DCM
Appendix B Tables
Appendix E 2017-08-22, 401, 404 PN, Final 404(b)(1) Evaluation (Short Form)
Appendix F AEP Plan Selection Criteria LLW
Appendix G Public and Agency Comments and Response Summary
Appendix H WVA Model Assumptions
Appendix I Acronyms DCM
Appendix J Mitigation Planting, Monitoring and Related Guidelines DCM
Appendix K_Interagency Env Proj Delivery Team DCM
Appendix L Cumulative Impacts DCM
Appendix M Agency Coordination