Louisiana Draft Restoration Plan for Birds and Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitat
Update: Information from the September 3 webinar is now available below.
The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group released its Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #7: Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats, and Birds (PDF, 299 pages). We accepted comments through September 22, 2020, and held a public webinar on September 3. More information about the public comment period the webinar are below.
The draft plan includes proposed projects that restore the Wetlands, Coastal and Nearshore Habitat and Birds restoration types. It includes five proposed preferred alternatives which have a total estimated cost of $234.1 million. The proposed preferred alternatives are:
- Isle au Pitre Restoration: This project would enhance nesting conditions on the existing island by elevating portions of the island with dredged sediment and planting suitable vegetation for nesting brown pelicans and wading birds, long strips of deposited shell (shell rakes) for American oystercatchers, and shell or small limestone on the perimeter of the island for tern and black skimmer nesting habitat. The estimated cost, for engineering and design only, is $3.5 million.
- Terrebonne Houma Navigation Channel Island Restoration: This project would enlarge the island from its current size of 32 acres to approximately 50 acres by importing dredged sediment from a nearby suitable sand source and disposing of it adjacent and onto the existing island. The estimated cost, for engineering and design only, is $3.1 million.
Wetlands, Coastal and Nearshore Habitat:
- Grande Cheniere Ridge Marsh Creation: This project would create up to 624 acres of marsh near Bayou Grande Cheniere, approximately 12,480 linear feet of earthen ridge along Jefferson Canal, and approximately 48,900 linear feet of earthen containment dike. The estimated project cost, for construction and full implementation, is $65 million.
- Terrebonne Basin Ridge and Marsh Creation Project - Bayou Terrebonne Increment: This project would create up to 1,430 acres of brackish and saline marsh and restore up to 80 acres of earthen ridge. The estimated project cost, for construction and full implementation, is $156.5 million.
- Bird’s Foot Delta Hydrologic Restoration: This project would restore the hydrology of the Mississippi River Bird’s Foot Delta by dredging Pass-a-Loutre, South Pass, and Southeast Pass to reconnect the Mississippi River with the marshes of the eastern and central Bird’s Foot Delta. The estimated cost, for engineering and design only, is $6 million.
The restoration plan also includes two non-preferred alternatives, which are not summarized here.
Public Comment Period and September 3 Webinar
Public comments were accepted through September 22, 2020 online and through the mail. A public webinar was held on September 3, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. CT to present the draft restoration plan and the proposed preferred alternatives. The presentation slides and script include all the information provided during the webinar:
- September 3, 2020 Draft Restoration Plan 7 Webinar Presentation Slides (PDF, 30 pages)
- September 3, 2020 Draft Restoration Plan 7 Webinar Presentation Script and Notes (PDF, 6 pages)
- Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #7: Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats, and Birds (PDF, 299 pages)
- Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #7 Fact Sheet - English (PDF, 3 pages)
- Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #7 Fact Sheet - Vietnamese/ tiếng Việt (PDF, 3 pages)
- List of Repositories Where Hard Copies of the Draft Plan Can be Found (PDF, 1 page)