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Environmental Assessment St. Bernard Basin Back Protection Levee System Extension, Violet, Louisiana (HMGP Project Number 1603-0438) (October 2016)

On August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina, a category 3 hurricane with a storm surge well above normal high tide levels, moved across the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama Gulf Coasts. Maximum sustained winds at landfall were estimated at 140 miles per hour. President George W. Bush declared a major disaster for the state of Louisiana due to damages from Hurricane Katrina and signed a disaster declaration (FEMA-1603-DR-LA) 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 42 United States Code (U.S.C.) 5121, et seq. Section 404 of the Stafford Act authorizes FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to provide funds to states and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration.

The Lake Borgne Basin Levee District (LBBLD) with the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East (SLFPA-E), through the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) applied for funding under FEMA HMGP. The SLFPA-E is pursuing a FEMA certification of an existing interior levee system that connects to the federal levee system within Orleans Parish and St. Bernard Parish. The 40 Arpent Levee System is part of this interior levee system and extends from the Orleans/St. Bernard Parish line, where it connects to the Florida Avenue Levee, to south of the town of Verret, where it ties into high ground adjacent to the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS). This Environmental Assessment was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the President’s Council on Environmental Quality regulations to implement NEPA (40 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 1500-1508), and FEMA’s procedures for implementing NEPA (FEMA Instruction 108-1-1).

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Icon for file of type application/pdfFinal EA with Appendices

Final EA with Appendices (Oct 2016)

0.03GOctober 19, 2016
Icon for file of type application/pdfSigned FONSI

Signed FONSI (Oct 2016)

0.12MOctober 19, 2016
Icon for file of type application/pdfDraft Environmental Assessment for St. Bernard Parish: St. Bernard Basin Back Protection Levee System Extension, Violet, Louisiana (HMGP Project Number 1603-0438) (October 2016)

Draft Environmental Assessment for St. Bernard Parish: St. Bernard Basin Back Protection Levee System Extension, Violet, Louisiana (HMGP Project Number 1603-0438) (October 2016)

0.03GSeptember 16, 2016