Environmental Assessment for HANO Press Park Residential Development & Community Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, Orleans Parish (April 2013)
Hurricane Katrina made landfall on August 29, 2005 near the town of Buras, Louisiana with sustained winds of more than 125 miles per hour. President George W. Bush declared a major disaster for the State of Louisiana (FEMA-1603-DR-LA) on August 29, 2005, authorizing the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide federal assistance in designated areas of Louisiana. The objective of FEMA’s Public Assistance Program is to provide assistance to state, tribal, and local governments, as well as certain types of private non-profit (PNP) organizations so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President. This Environmental Assessment (EA) has been 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 Part 10).