Corps to host scoping meetings to discuss HSDRRS levee lift studies

Published April 26, 2019

Corps to host scoping meetings to discuss HSDRRS levee lift studies

Part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, is hosting scoping meetings to share information and gather public input on the West Bank and Vicinity and the Lake Pontchartrain and Vicinity general re-evaluation feasibility studies regarding future levee lifts of portions of the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS).

West Bank and Vicinity (WBV)
When: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Cut-off Recreational Center
6400 Belgrade Street Algiers, LA 70131
2 to 3:30 pm

Lake Pontchartrain and Vicinity (LPV)
When: Tuesday April 30, 2019
New Orleans District (DARM)
7400 Leake Avenue New Orleans, LA 70118
6 to 7:30 p.m.

The greater New Orleans Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System was designed and constructed to defend against storm surge elevations associated with a storm that has a 1-percent chance of occurring in any given year. The periodic need for levee lifts to account for consolidation, land subsidence and sea level rise, has always been a known factor, but was not included in the U.S. Army Corps Engineers’ authority.

These studies seek to determine if the work necessary to sustain the 1 percent level of risk reduction is technically feasible, environmentally acceptable, and economically justified for HSDRRS levee lifts. A positive determination would make construction of future levee lifts eligible for future budget requests.

The study agreements were signed in October of 2018. These open houses are early in the study’s three year process to gather information from stakeholders and the public. More public meetings and open houses will be held throughout the study process.

Information about the studies are available online for public review at:

Please contact the study’s Project Development Teams for more information. WBV ( or LPV (



Matt Roe

Release no. 19-014