The Louisiana Coastal Wetlands Conservation and Restoration Task Force is initiating procedures to deauthorize the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) Freshwater Bayou Bank Stabilization – Belle Isle Canal to Lock (TV-11b) project as requested by the local project sponsor, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), based on a very low benefit to cost ratio and lack of success in receiving approval of Phase II funding from the Task Force despite numerous requests.
This 9th Priority Project List project was supposed to be located in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana, along the eastern bank of the Freshwater Bayou Canal between Freshwater Bayou Lock and Belle Isle Bayou. The objective of the project was to halt bank erosion through the construction of a stone dike on the eastern bank of Freshwater Bayou Canal between Belle Isle Bayou and Freshwater Bayou Lock. The dike would have reduced the amount of water exchange between the canal and interior marshes and protected the marshes from erosion. The project feature under consideration was construction of a 40,000 foot-long rock dike on the east bank of the canal.
Prior to making a final decision, the Task Force will consider written comments on the request to deauthorize the project. Written comments should be provided by April 29, 2013 to the following address:
Colonel Edward R. Fleming
US Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District
Attention: Projects Branch West, CWPPRA Manager
PO Box 60267
New Orleans, Louisiana 70160-0267
If you need further information, please contact Mr. Brad Inman, CWPPRA Program Manager, at (504) 862-2124.