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Report released for West Shore Lake Pontchartrain study

St. James, La. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District has released its West Shore Lake Pontchartrain Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction Study Integrated Draft Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement for a 45-day public comment period. Based on current analysis, Alternative C is the draft Tentatively Selected Plan.

This alternative includes a levee from the Bonnet Carre' Spillway to Hope Canal to the Mississippi River, as well as non-structural risk reduction in St. James Parish. The alternative avoids some oil and gas pipelines and includes non-structural features such as elevating some homes and commercial buildings that are outside the proposed levee.

However, before this alternative can be confirmed as the alternative that is in the best interest of the federal government, the Corps must fully review and evaluate all comments received during a public comment period.

"Public comments are a critical part of the plan selection process," said Jeff Varisco, project manager for the Corps. "We need to ensure that the Tentatively Selected Plan was identified using the best information available." After public comments are fully evaluated, the Corps will focus on analyzing the TSP as its single alternative.

The TSP cannot be recommended to the Chief of Engineers until it has been fully vetted and determined to be in the federal government's best interest.

Community members and stakeholders are invited to comment on the draft integrated feasibility report and Environmental Impact Statement. The report contains a description of the project, an evaluation of the four alternatives under consideration and an analysis of potential environmental impacts.

Public Meeting Dates:

St. John the Baptist Parish 
When:  September 17, 2013
 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. – Open house and opportunity to provide one-on-one comments to a certified court reporter
 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. – Brief presentation outlining the project and planning process
 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. – Acceptance of public comments

Where: St. John Community Center
 2900 Hwy. 51
 Laplace, La. 70068

St. James Parish
When:  September 10, 2013
 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. – Open house and opportunity to provide one-on-one comments to a certified court reporter
 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. – Brief presentation outlining the project and planning process
 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. – Acceptance of public comments

Where: Knights of Columbus
 1905 W. Main Street
 Lutcher, La. 70071

 

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