The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Board of Louisiana, through the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), has submitted a Joint Permit Application to the Department of the Army (DA) under the provisions of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1344) (Section 404), and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Appropriation Act of 1899, as amended (33 U.S.C. 403) (Section 10) and a permission request under Section 14 (33 U.S.C. 408) (Section 408) of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), at the New Orleans District (CEMVN) for CPRA’s proposed Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion (Proposed Action).
The Proposed Action generally consists of the placement of a sediment diversion through a portion of the federal Mississippi River and Tributaries (MR&T) Project mainline levee on the right descending bank of the Mississippi River (River) at approximately River Mile 60.7 and through the future New Orleans to Venice (NOV) Hurricane Protection Levee, extending into the mid-Barataria Basin in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.
A Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was prepared to disclose and analyze all significant environmental impacts of the Proposed Action as required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in accordance with the Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) regulations found in 40 CFR Parts 1500-1508. This EIS provides the information needed for the Public Interest Review requirements of 33 CFR Parts 320-332 including 33 CFR Part 325, Appendix B, 33 U.S.C. 408 and 40 CFR Part 230 (Section 404(b)(1) Guidelines). The Final EIS will provide information required for an informed decision on the DA permit application and Section 408 permission request.
The Final EIS can be found on the right-hand side of this webpage, under the section "EIS Documents". Click on the plus (+) sign next to "Final EIS." The Final EIS is subdivided into separate adobe acrobat documents to make it easier for downloading. There is a separate document for each Chapter and Appendix as well as the cover, abstract, executive summary, and table of contents.
Information on how to comment will be added to the website once the federal register notice is issued on Friday, September 23, 2022.
Below is a general EIS schedule for the major milestones. Click here for the more detailed MBSD Permitting Dashboard Schedule.
| EIS Milestones
| Supplemental Notice of Intent published in the Federal Register
|| April 27, 2017
| Scoping Meeting : Lafitte, LA
||July 20, 2017
||July 20, 2017
| Scoping Meeting : Belle Chasse, LA
||July 25, 2017
||July 25, 2017
| Scoping Meeting : Port Sulphur, LA
||July 27, 2017
|| July 27, 2017
| Scoping Comment Period
July 6, 2017 -
September 5, 2017
|September 5, 2017
| Draft EIS availability announced in the Federal Register
|| March 5, 2021
| Public Meeting(s) on the Draft EIS
|| April 6-8 2021
| Final EIS availability announced in the Federal Register
||September 23, 2022
| Record of Decision(s)
| Permit/Authorization Decisions