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Effective May 25,2020 interested parties are hereby notified that a request for permission to alter a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) project pursuant to Section 14 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (33 U.S.C. Section 408) has been received and will be evaluated by the New Orleans District. Click here to read the official notice.

Effective May 28, 2020 interested parties are hereby notified that a request for permission to alter U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) projects pursuant to Section 14 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (33 U.S.C. Section 408) has been received and will be evaluated by the New Orleans District. Written comments, including any objections to the proposed alteration, stating reasons therefor, are being solicited from anyone having an interest in the requested alteration of USACE projects. This Public Notice solicits comments only on the proposed alteration of the eight federal projects and fourteen federal easements described below and depicted on the attached drawings. Click here to read the official notice.

 

 

Effective April 27, 2016 the New Orleans District began issuing public notices about Section 408 requests. Click here to read the official notice.

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408 Public Notices

St. Bernard Parish Government MRGO (Emergency Request)

Published Oct. 8, 2020

St. Bernard Parish Government is requesting an emergency authorization to remove a portion of the MRGO Rock Closure Structure, approximately 50 feet wide to a depth of 12 feet below the average ordinary water surface elevation, or approximately 19 feet, to provide relief from the after effects of tropical storm surges from Hurricane Delta and any future tropical events this season. According to the Parish, continuous inundation from floodwaters can have a damaging effect on the health and resiliency of St. Bernard’s coastal residents, marine habitats and the commercial fisheries they support. Specifically, St. Bernard Parish contends that the closure structure inhibits the effective egress of storm surge accumulations within the unprotected areas of the parish, and providing an opening allows surges to drain out more rapidly, reducing the time of inundation in the outlying areas of the parish.  St. Bernard Parish finds the risk to life, vessels, and the health of St. Bernard’s residents and commercial fisheries constitutes a legitimate emergency which can be mitigated to some degree by authorizing St. Bernard to move forward with urgency. By this request, St. Bernard Parish Government is formally requesting Emergency Authorization to proceed with this work.

Please click here to see entire public notice.

As this is an Emergency Request, comments are due via email by the end of today to be considered.