This Public Notice is issued 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.
Project Authority. Construction of the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction Project (WSLP Project) was authorized as part of the Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation Act (WIIN Act, Public Law 114-322) in 2016. Construction of the WSLP Project was funded by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (BBA 2018, Public Law 115-123).
Location. The proposed action is located in St. Charles and St. John the Baptist Parishes, Louisiana.
Project Description. The proposed action consists of impacts of altering the levee alignment footprint as described in the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain Environmental Impact Statement (2016 WSLP EIS) as well as adding to and modifying the associated levee alignment features described in the 2016 WSLP EIS and SEA 570. Features being considered for modification include pumping stations, drainage structures, the borrow plan, and access roads, as well as the addition of a sand placement plan and a spoil bank gapping plan, and the option for the Non-Federal Sponsor to design and build part of the levee system. Approximately 1,322 more acres (but 166 less Average Annual Habitat Units (AAHUs)) of swamp habitat and 4,639 acres (175 more AAHUs) of BLH habitat would be negatively impacted by the proposed action.