Environmental Assessment, Fifi Island Restoration Rock Breakwater Extension, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana (May 2012)
Hurricane Katrina made landfall on August 29, 2005, causing catastrophic damage to the eastern parishes of Louisiana including the Fifi Island and Grand Isle areas of Jefferson Parish. Maximum sustained winds at landfall were estimated at 120 miles per hour. A major federal disaster (FEMA-1603-DR-LA) was signed on August 29, 2005 by President George W. Bush, authorizing disaster assistance pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act), PL 93-288, as amended. Section 406 of the Stafford Act authorizes the FEMA Public Assistance Program to repair, restore, and replace facilities damaged as a result of the declared event. 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). The purpose of this EA is to analyze potential environmental impacts of the proposed project. FEMA will use the findings in this EA to determine whether to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).