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Title: Upper Barataria Basin, Louisiana, Feasibility Report : Final Integrated Feasibility Report with Environmental Impact Statement
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Mississippi Valley Division.
Keywords: Barataria Bay (La.)
Wetlands
Flood control
Hurricanes
Environmental protection
Environmental management
Publisher: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. New Orleans District.
Abstract: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Mississippi Valley Division (MVD), New Orleans District (MVN), Regional Planning and Environment Division South (RPEDS), has prepared this Final Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement (FIFREIS) for the Upper Barataria Basin, Louisiana Feasibility Study. This report supersedes the previously issued 2020 Second Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement (DIFR-EIS) and represents the most current and complete findings of this study effort. This report includes input from the non-Federal sponsor, natural resource agencies, federally recognized Indian Tribes, and the public. The Upper Barataria Basin, Louisiana Feasibility Study is a Coastal Storm Risk Management (CSRM) study that evaluates impacts to people, cultural resources, and the environment. Going forward in this document, this study will be referred to as the Upper Barataria Basin, Louisiana Feasibility Study (UBB study). The study area includes communities in the southeast Louisiana parishes of Ascension, Assumption, Jefferson, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James, and St. John the Baptist (Figure ES-1). The study area is bounded on the north and east by the Mississippi River Levee, on the west by Bayou Lafourche, and on the south it extends slightly past U.S. Highway 90. The study area covers approximately 800 square miles and is characterized by low, flat terrain with wetlands, numerous navigation channels, drainage canals, and natural bayous that drain into Lake Salvador and eventually into the Gulf of Mexico. The study area is a diverse ecosystem inhabited by a variety of species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, as well as fresh, brackish, and saltwater fish. The study area is prone to coastal storm damages from storm surges, rainfall, and sea level rise. The flooding results in damages to industrial, commercial, and agricultural facilities as well as residential structures and critical evacuation routes such as US Highway 90 in the basin. The goal for this study is to reduce coastal storm damages to UBB. The water and related land resource problems and opportunities identified in this study are stated as specific planning objectives to provide focus for the formulation of alternatives. These planning objectives reflect the problems and opportunities in the study area and represent desired positive changes from the future without project condition.
Description: Integrated Feasibility Report with Environmental Impact Statement
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/11681/47934
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