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LA - Here's how to make your voice heard on Mid-Barataria sediment diverson project

Public comment period on $2 billion coastal restoration project ends May 4

At $2 billion, the Mid-Barataria sediment diversion project is a key piece of Louisiana's 50-year, $50 billion to protect and restore its retreating coastline.

The Army Corps of Engineers has released its draft environmental impact statement on the project, and the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group of the BP Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Team has issued its restoration plan. Public comments are being accepted jointly on both.

You may access the 5,800-page report and appendices via this link and the restoration plan at this link. You may comment on them in one of three ways:

  • Online at this link
  • By calling (866) 211-9205
  • By mailing to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District; Attn: CEMVN-ODR-E, MVN-2012-2806-EOO; 7400 Leake Ave.; New Orleans 70118.

The comment period closes May 4 at midnight. After that, the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group will write a final restoration plan to support the state's request for a construction permit, and the Corps will write a final environmental impact statement and consider issuing permits to build the diversion.

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