PA ID# 000-UCPOY-00; Louisiana Department of Natural Resources
PW ID# 1660, 1661, 1664 & 1668; Isle Dernieres Restoration Projects
January 25, 2005
Colonel Jeff Smith
Office of Homeland Security and
7667 Independence Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
RE: Second Appeal Louisiana Department of Natural Resources;
PA ID 000-UCPOY-00; Isle Dernieres Restoration Projects,
FEMA-1437-DR-LA, Project Worksheets 1660, 1661, 1664 and 1668
Dear Colonel Smith:
This is in response to the referenced second appeal transmitted by letter from your office dated September 10, 2004. The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources is requesting funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to restore the Isle Dernieres Restoration Projects as a result of damages from Hurricane Lili.
As explained in the enclosed analysis, I have determined that while certain improvements to the islands may have been constructed as part of the restoration project, the barrier islands are allowed to continue in their general natural state and, as such, essentially remain natural features. Accordingly, the Isle Dernieres Restoration Projects do not meet FEMAs definition of improved and maintained natural features, and, therefore, are not considered eligible facilities within FEMAs Public Assistance Program. The Applicants appeal is denied.
Please inform the Applicant of my determination. My determination constitutes the final decision on this matter as set forth in 44 CFR § 206.206.
Daniel A. Craig
Emergency Preparedness and Response
cc: Gary Jones
Acting Regional Director
FEMA Region VI