Corps announces review and comment period for environmental document

Published July 9, 2014

Lake Pontchartrain and Vicinity, Hurricane & Storm Damage Risk Reduction Mitigation

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, today released a Supplemental Individual Environmental Report (SIER), titled "Bayou Sauvage, Turtle Bayou, and New Zydeco Ridge Restoration Projects, St. Tammany and Orleans Parish, Louisiana." This SIER presents changes to the recommended mitigation plan described in Programmatic Individual Environmental Report #36 (PIER #36), titled, Lake Pontchartrain and Vicinity (LPV) Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRSS) Mitigation, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist and St. Tammany Parishes, Louisiana.

This SIER evaluates the potential impacts associated with implementation of proposed mitigation projects that would offset LPV, HSDRRS construction impacts to National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) lands and portions of the general impacts that occurred off of NWR lands.

 These projects include measures to:

•   Create and nourish approximately 325 acres of brackish marsh at the Bayou Sauvage NWR
•   Create approximately 160 acres of intermediate marsh at Turtle Bayou within the Bayou Sauvage NWR
•   Create 152 acres of bottomland hardwood wetlands and 118 acres of brackish marsh at the New Zydeco Ridge site within the Big Branch NWR

The SIER is currently available for review and comment at; hard copies may be requested by sending e-mail to The 30-day public review period for this IER began on July 8, 2014 and ends on August 8, 2014.

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

Daniel Sumerall
Regional Planning and Environmental Division South
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District
4155 East Clay Street
Vicksburg, MS 39183
Phone: 601-631-5428
Fax: 601-631-5115

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Rene Poche

Release no. 14-036