The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District (CEMVN), has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment

EA #567 titled “Louisiana Coastal Area (LCA) Beneficial Use of Dredged Material Program, Barataria Bay Waterway at Jefferson Parish, Louisiana” which is available for your review.  This public notice is being posted per the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Council of Environmental Quality’s Regulations for Implementing NEPA, Section 1506.6, Public Involvement and the Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404 in accordance with provisions of Title 33 CFR Parts 336.1(b)(1) and 337.1, which establish policy, practices, and procedures to be followed on Federal actions involving the disposal of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States (application of Section 404(b)(1) of the CWA guidelines). Notice is hereby given that the CEMVN has applied for a 401 Water Quality Certification to place fill material in the narrow corridor of wetlands that separate Bayou Perot and Bayou Rigolettes in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.  The applicant is applying to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, Office of Environmental Services for a Water Quality Certification in accordance with statutory authority contained in the LAC 33:IX.1507.A-E and provisions of Section 401 of the Clean Water Act.

The purpose of the proposed action discussed in EA #567 is to maximize beneficial use of dredged material from operation and maintenance (O&M) of the federally-authorized Barataria Bay Waterway in the vicinity of Jefferson Parish, LA.  Evaluation of the proposed action includes application of the Section 404(b)(1) guidelines promulgated by the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, through 40 CFR 230.

The 30-day public review for the environmental assessment will begin on Feb. 7, 2019 and end on March 9, 2019. 

Questions or comments concerning the proposed action should be addressed to:

Daniel Meden
Regional Planning and Environmental Division South
7400 Leake Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118
E-mail: daniel.c.meden@usace.army.mil