Environmental Assessment for Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge Fish Laboratory, Cameron Parish, Louisiana (July 2012)
Hurricane Rita, with a strong storm surge, made landfall on September 24, 2005, causing catastrophic damage to the western parishes of Louisiana. Maximum sustained winds at landfall were estimated at 120 miles per hour. A major federal disaster declaration was made for the state of Louisiana due to damages from the hurricane. The declaration (FEMA-1607-DR-LA) was signed by President George W. Bush on September 24, 2005, authorizing the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA) to provide federal assistance in designated areas of Louisiana. The purpose of the project is to provide RWR with facilities that will allow the refuge to continue important functions which protect and manage the resources along with functioning as an outdoor laboratory for applied wetland research. This Environmental Assessment (EA) is being prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations implementing NEPA (Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Parts 1500 to 1508), and FEMA’s regulations implementing NEPA (44 CFR Parts 9 and 10).