Comments Sought for Recreational Use, Barataria Basin and CPRA Annual Plan
All three plans include projects for the Barataria and Terrebonne Basins, and deadlines to submit comments are fast approaching.
Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group
The Louisiana TIG has released two draft plans to address recreational use loss and ecosystem injuries in Louisiana and Gulf of Mexico caused by the
oil spill. Public comment for each is requested at this time.
Those draft plans released are:
- The Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #2: Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities (Draft Recreational Use Plan) which describes and proposes implementation of restoration projects intended to restore for lost recreational use opportunities. Also note:
- The Draft Recreational Use Plan's public comment period ending, originally
January 19, has been reopened until February 2, 2018.
- Included in this plan are proposed projects for Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes, highlighted in this article from Houma Today.
- The Draft Strategic Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #3: Restoration of Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats in the Barataria Basin, Louisiana (Draft Barataria Strategic Plan) which considers a suite of restoration approaches and techniques to address ecosystem-level injuries in the Gulf of Mexico. Also note:
- The Draft Barataria Strategic Plan has a 45-day public comment period, ending February 5, 2018.
- Included in this plan are diversions of Mississippi River water and sediment into adjacent wetlands, a high probability of providing large-scale benefits for the long-term sustainability of deltaic wetlands and the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem.
Deadline to submit comments of the FY19 Annual Plan by Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority is also drawing near. The Annual Plan is a three-year outlook of projected revenues, expenditures, and project schedules. This year's plan includes $562 million in projects, with 86% going to planning, design and engineering, and operations and maintenance, which grows to 90% in the following two years.
due February 12 to CPRA
. The draft plan will then go to the CPRA board for approval, then move to the Louisiana Legislature.