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Published April 25, 2022
Expiration date: 5/14/2022

NAME OF APPLICANT:  Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), Attn: Sydney Dobson, 150 Terrace Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70802.      

LOCATION OF WORK:  Within the Atchafalaya Basin, to include Bayou Sorrel, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, and the Florida Pipeline Canal, approximately 20 miles east of Donaldsonville, Louisiana, near the town of Bayou Sorrel, in Iberville Parish, within the Atchafalaya Basin in hydrologic unit (HUC 08080101), as shown on the attached drawings.

CHARACTER OF WORK: The applicant has requested Department of the Army authorization to clear, grade, excavate, and place fill to improve the north to south hydrologic flow in Bayou Sorrel during moderate river stages for improved circulation and ecological function throughout the back swamp of the East Grand Lake Area of the Atchafalaya Basin.  Additional enhancement and restoration features proposed, include the deposit of excavated material to create marsh and provide nourishment for forested areas within the project site.  With-in the nourishment areas non-native tallow trees will be removed and native trees will be planted.  Approximately 18,261 cubic yards of native material will be excavated and re-deposited to complete the project.  The applicant proposes that the area of benefit through hydrologic restoration would be approximately 5,560 acres of swamp habitat. 

 A preliminary analysis has determined that the proposed project would convert approximately 4.4 acres of forested wetlands to “other waters of the U.S.”, create 2.25 acres of fresh marsh, and enhance 3.6 acres of bottomland hardwood wetlands.   

The applicant has designed the project to avoid and minimize direct and secondary adverse impacts to the maximum extent practicable.  Any further reduction in the design would prevent the project from achieving its goal of hydrologic restoration. The applicant proposes that this project will enhance and improve existing forested wetlands and they expect the benefit gained in enhancement will offset any wetland losses associated with the construction of this project.