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MVN-2021-00271-CQ

CEMVN-ODR-C
Published June 28, 2021
Expiration date: 7/19/2021

NAME OF APPLICANT West Baton Rouge Parish, c/o GIS Engineering, LLC, Attn: Mohan Menon, 450 Laurel Street, Suite 1500, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70835

LOCATION OF WORK:  On an approximate 9.3-mile reach of Stumpy Bayou, located along the northern parish boundary adjacent to Pointe Coupee Parish, continuing southerly and terminating south of LA Highway 76, within the Lower Grand River Basin, Lower Grand hydrologic unit (HUC 08070300), east of Erwinville, Louisiana, in West Baton Rouge Parish (Latitude 30.475069 N, Longitude -91.384917 W).

CHARACTER OF WORK:  The applicant has requested a Department of the Army permit for the implementation of the Stumpy Bayou Watershed Improvement Project.  The project entails the dredging of approximately 9.3 miles of Stumpy Bayou to clear existing obstructions within the bayou to restore drainage within the watershed.  The project would include the removal of sediment deposits and grading of the channel bottom to enhance the rate of flow.  The project would also remove fallen trees, beaver dams, and any other overgrown vegetation withing the bayou.  According to the applicant, the project purpose proposes to mitigate flooding and reduce flood risk within the Stumpy Bayou watershed.  The project proposes to widen and deepen sections of the bayou based off of hydrological analysis performed for the project.  Approximately 9.25 acres of potentially jurisdictional wetlands (7.05 acres forested habitat and 2.2 acres herbaceous habitat) are proposed to be impacted as a result of project implementation via clearing and fill placement along the banks of the bayou.  Approximately 261,000 cubic yards of dredged material would be placed adjacent to the banks of Stumpy Bayou.  A jurisdictional determination is pending with the Corps’ Surveillance and Enforcement Section.

 The applicant stated that the impacted area has been minimized through use of existing uplands in certain portions of the Stumpy Bayou as spoil disposal.  The applicant has stated that any unavoidable impacts to jurisdictional wetlands would be compensated through the purchasing of appropriate wetland credits at a Corps approved mitigation bank.