On October 20, the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group released its first draft restoration plan. The public comment period for the plan will now close December 9, 2016.

The draft restoration plan covers engineering and design activities for six proposed projects, at a total estimated cost of $22.3 million. These projects would restore:

  • wetlands, coastal and nearshore habitats in Barataria, Terrebonne, and Pontchartrain basins;
  • habitat projects on federally managed lands in Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve; and
  • birds.

We are asking for public comment on the draft restoration plan. The comment period was initially scheduled to close on November 28 and will now close on December 9, 2016.

Comments can be made online or submitted by mail to:

  • Louisiana Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority, ATTN: Liz Williams, P.O. Box 44027, Baton Rouge, LA 70804; or
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 49567, Atlanta, GA 30345

We will also take comments at the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority board meeting on November 30.