Corps to hold environmental public meeting in Matthews, LA

Published May 20, 2014

Greater New Orleans Hurricane & Storm Damage Risk Reduction Mitigation

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District is hosting a public meeting to provide an overview of the Programmatic Individual Environmental Report #37 (PIER #37), titled “West Bank and Vicinity (WBV) Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS) Mitigation, Jefferson, Lafourche, Plaquemines and St. Charles Parishes, Louisiana.

The 30-day public review and comment period for PIER #37 began on April 4, 2014 and ended on May 5, 2014. A request for a public meeting was submitted during the official comment period. As a result, oral and written comments may be submitted during the public meeting or by mail if post marked by May 23, 2014 to become a part of the official record.

The PIER evaluates alternatives for mitigating unavoidable habitat impacts incurred during construction of the WBV HSDRRS. As part of the analysis, the PIER identifies the Tentatively Selected Mitigation Plan Alternative (TSMPA) for mitigating those impacts to a variety of habitats. At this time, only certain features of the TSMPA are proposed for implementation, namely the purchase of mitigation bank credits for bottomland hardwoods general impacts. Other features will be recommended for implementation in subsequent National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents. Impacts from construction of the WBV HSDRRS are described in Individual Environmental Reports (IERS) 12-17 and their supplemental IERS.

The PIER #37 can be accessed at; hard copies may be requested by sending e-mail to


Topic:    Programmatic Individual Environmental Report #37 (PIER #37)


When:    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

               Open House: 6:00 p.m. | Presentation: 6:30 p.m.


Where:   Matthews Government Complex

               4876 Highway 1, Matthews, LA 70375


The environmental manager for this project is:


Elizabeth Behrens

Regional Planning and Environmental Division

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

P.O. Box 60267

New Orleans, LA 70160-0267

Phone: 504-862-2025 | Fax: 504-862-2088 | E-mail:

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Ken Holder
After Hours

Release no. 14-030