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This story was updated on January 16, 2018.

The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group has released two draft plans to address recreational use loss and ecosystem injuries in Louisiana and Gulf of Mexico caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Both of these draft plans are consistent with the Trustees’ Programmatic Restoration Plan. We are requesting public comment for each at this time. 

Those draft plans released are: 

Draft Recreational Use Plan

The Draft Recreational Use Plan considers re-allocating funds originally dedicated to the Louisiana Marine Fisheries Enhancement, Research, and Science Center Early Restoration project which is not moving forward because of feasibility issues arising in the planning process. Those funds are being proposed for reallocation to fund other restoration projects in the Draft Recreational Use Plan. Included are $22 million in project alternatives emphasizing the creation and enhancement of recreational fishing infrastructure, providing more opportunities and access to recreational fishing, and educational and outreach promoting use and stewardship of natural resources. A list of the project alternatives with associated costs can be found in the fact sheet below.

More information about the Draft Recreational Use Plan:

Public comment on the Draft Recreational Use Restoration Plan, originally scheduled to end January 19, has been extended until a date TBD beyond the January 24 public meeting.  Comments can be submitted through the following opportunities: 
In Person Online By Mail

The meeting scheduled for January 17 at 9 a.m. has been CANCELLED. The Louisiana Trustees will be presenting these plans at the University of New Orleans on January 24 at 5:30 p.m. 

Via our Planning, Environment and Public Comment website: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/LA-REC U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 49567, Atlanta, GA 30345

Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group meeting - New Orleans: January 24, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m open house/6:00 p.m. meeting start)

University of New Orleans
Homer Hitt Alumni Center
Geoghegan Grand Ballroom
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70148

Louisiana Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority, ATTN: Liz Williams, P.O. Box 44027, Baton Rouge, LA 70804

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Draft Barataria Strategic Plan

In the Draft Barataria Strategic Plan, rather than proposing specific projects for construction, the trustees evaluated a suite of approaches and techniques, for example large-scale sediment diversions or marsh creation, to determine how to best support restoring ecosystem-level injuries in the Gulf of Mexico through restoration in the Barataria Basin. Additionally, the Trustees propose advancing several projects to be considered for additional evaluation, but are not to receive funding or start construction upon approval.

The coastal wetlands within the Barataria Basin provide the foundational habitat for the Barataria Basin ecosystem, support resources within the Barataria Basin and throughout the Gulf of Mexico, and were among the most heavily oiled parts of the Gulf Coast shoreline in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The projects considered for further evaluation propose to restore more than 50,000 acres of marsh and land through various strategies.

More Information about the Draft Barataria Strategic Plan:

Public comment on the Draft Barataria Strategic Plan is open for 45 days, starting December 20 and ending February 5. Comments can be submitted through the following opportunities: 
In Person Online By Mail

The meeting scheduled for January 17 at 9 a.m. has been CANCELLED. The Louisiana Trustees will be presenting these plans at the University of New Orleans on January 24 at 5:30 p.m.

Via our Planning, Environment and Public Comment website: https://parkplanning.nps.gov//LA-SRP U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 49567, Atlanta, GA 30345

Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group meeting - New Orleans: 
January 24, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m open house/6:00 p.m. meeting start) 

University of New Orleans
Homer Hitt Alumni Center
Geoghegan Grand Ballroom
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70148

Louisiana Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority, ATTN: Liz Williams, P.O. Box 44027, Baton Rouge, LA 70804

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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