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Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment: City of New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans Joint Infrastructure Road Recovery Project FEMA-1603-DR-LA

Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment: City of New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans Joint Infrastructure Road Recovery Project (JIRR PEA) FEMA-1603-DR-LA (May 2016)

Hurricane Katrina, a Category 3 hurricane with a storm surge above normal high tide levels, moved across the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama gulf coasts on August 29, 2005. Maximum sustained winds at landfall were estimated at 125 miles per hour (mph). President George W. Bush signed a disaster declaration (FEMA-1603-DR-LA) for the state of Louisiana 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. FEMA is administering this 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 FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) Program to repair, restore, and replace state and local government and certain private nonprofit facilities damaged as a result of the declared event.

FEMA has determined that the City of New Orleans (CNO) and the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) are eligible to receive FEMA Public Assistance (PA) funding to repair, improve, and replace damage to roads, drainage and subsurface utilities resulting from Hurricane Katrina. CNO and SWBNO have submitted a combined request for FEMA funding, referred to as the Joint Infrastructure Recovery Request (JIRR), which would allow the flexibility to execute eligible repair work without the requirement to manage approximately 100 individual grants. FEMA will administer the JIRR in accordance with the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act (SRIA) of 2013 (Public Law 113-2). As part of the JIRR, CNO and SWBNO have proposed a phased approach to damage repair, replacement, or improvements that can be systematically reviewed by FEMA in accordance with this document and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. § 4321 et seq., (NEPA) as plans and specifications for individual repair projects are developed.

This Draft EA has been prepared to analyze the potential consequences to the natural and human environment associated with the Proposed Action, the No Action Alternative, and other potential alternatives per the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (42 United States Code [USC] 55 parts 4321 et seq., 2000), the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) implementing regulations (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] 30 parts 1500 et seq., 2004), and 44 CFR Emergency Management and Assistance Ch. I Part 10.

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Icon for file of type application/pdfFinal PEA, May 2016

Final Programmatic Environmental Assessment, May 2016

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Icon for file of type application/pdfDraft Programmatic Environmental Assessment: City of New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans Joint Infrastructure Road Recovery Project FEMA-1603-DR-LA

Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment: City of New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans Joint Infrastructure Road Recovery Project FEMA-1603-DR-LA

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Signed FONSI (June 2016)

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