Deauthorization Procedures Starting for MR-14
The Louisiana Coastal Wetlands Conservation and Restoration Task Force is initiating procedures to deauthorize the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) Spanish Pass Diversion (MR-14) project as requested by the local project sponsor, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), based on an estimated significant reduction in potential benefits resulting in project cost ineffectiveness, lack of progress over several years toward project development and implementation, and non-resolution of the induced shoaling issue in the Mississippi River.
This 13th Priority Project List project was supposed to be located south of “The Jump” on the left descending bank of the Mississippi River, at the river’s juncture with the Grand Pass waterway near Venice in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. The primary goal of this project was to gain emergent marsh to the maximum extent possible by diverting river water and sediments into an otherwise open water environment. Project features included construction of a 1300-foot diversion channel capable of delivering 7,000 cubic feet of water per second from Grand Pass into a large open-water area, construction of containment levees and a bridge at Tidewater Road, plus incorporation of various outfall management measures to increase aquatic habitat benefits in the system.
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.