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Published Dec. 14, 2020
Expiration date: 1/2/2021

NAME OF APPLICANT: BREC- Recreation & Park Commission, c/o CSRS, Inc., Attn: Kim Arcement, 6767 Perkins Road, Suite 200, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808

LOCATION OF WORK:  Located within the existing approximate 660-acre campus of Greenwood Park and the Baton Rouge Zoo, in Sections 53 & 54, Township 7 South, Range 1 West, east of LA Highway 19 and north of LA Highway 423, near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, located in East Baton Rouge Parish, as shown on the enclosed drawings (Latitude 30.563714 N Longitude -91.16955 W).  This project is located in the Pontchartrain Basin (Amite River HUC 08070202).

CHARACTER OF WORK:  The applicant is requesting a Department of the Army permit authorization for the implementation of the BREC-Greenwood Park and Baton Rouge Zoo Master Plan.  The proposed project includes the relocation of the zoo’s main entrance to LA Highway 19, the construction of a green parking lot, and entrance plaza into the center of Greenwood Park.  The project will also provide rentable commercial office space and educational facilities.  Cypress Bayou is proposed to be reconnected with historic meanders, that had been cut off in the 1960’s, to help recreate hydrologic and ecologic functions.  The hydrologic improvements proposed in the project include the installation of pedestrian boardwalks for access and swamp benches to help slow and retain stormwater in the bayou.  The existing Dumas golf course would be closed, and the JS Clark Golf Course would be expanded across Ash Slough with two proposed bridge crossings and selective clearing of trees.  JS Clark improvements also include playground amenities, walkways, picnic areas, and bayou overlook areas.  The Dumas course would be allowed to revert to forested habitat.  Service roads and zookeeper access paths area also proposed.  The existing park train is proposed to be re-routed in two existing portions of its current path.  The project purpose compliments the goal of regaining accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and to provide improvements to the existing BREC park and Baton Rouge Zoo for the surrounding communities to visit.  All stormwater and sanitary are proposed to be decoupled with contact stormwater routed to the onsite wastewater system.  Approximately 1.47 acres jurisdictional wetlands and 0.62 acre of Other Waters of the US are proposed to be impacted directly as a result of project implementation.  Approximately 1.15 acres of jurisdictional wetlands are proposed to be temporarily impacted during construction.  Approximately 0.143 acre of jurisdictional wetlands would be avoided and not directly impacted. Approximately 821 cubic yards of native material are proposed to be excavated and 1,812 cubic yards of native material and hauled in materials are to be placed in jurisdictional areas as a result of project implementation.  The applicant has claimed that the project has been designed to avoid and minimize direct and secondary adverse wetland impacts to the maximum extent practicable.  The applicant has stated that the project would integrate best management practices into the design which also includes sustainable stormwater features, bioswales, and rain gardens to capture and filter stormwater.  The applicant has stated that all unavoidable impacts to wetlands as a result of the project would be mitigated through the purchase of mitigation credits at a Corps-approved wetland mitigation bank.