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Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment: City of New Orleans Youth Study Center Vicinity Streets/ St. Bernard Area (FEMA-1603-DR-LA),

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. In accordance with FEMA Instruction 108-1-1, a Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) has been prepared pursuant to Section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as implemented by the regulations promulgated by the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ; 40 CFR Parts 1500-1508). (Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act 2005).

An Environmental Assessment (EA) including the project now under review was developed for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of City of New Orleans’ application for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). This EA concluded with a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), dated 11 August 2015, which was affirmed by the State of Louisiana’s Office of Community Development (OCD), the administrator of the requested HUD funds. Any federal agency may adopt another federal agency’s EA, and is encouraged to do so, when such adoption would save time and money (40 C.F.R. §§ 1500.4[n], 1500.5[h], and 1506.3), providing the original document satisfies the adopting agency’s NEPA requirements. The delegated HUD EA, which includes additional work not a part of the grant application to FEMA, is included as Appendix A to this document.

This draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) also has been conducted in accordance with NEPA and the associated CEQ regulations, as well as FEMA’s own regulations implementing NEPA, Floodplain Management and Protection of Wetlands 1980; and Environmental Considerations 1980). The purpose of this SEA is to analyze potential environmental impacts of the proposed project that were not considered previously. FEMA will use the findings in this SEA in order to determine whether a FONSI adopting HUD’s EA is appropriate or whether preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is warranted.

SizePublication Date
Icon for file of type application/pdfSigned FONSI, January 2017

Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), signed 1/6/2017

Icon for file of type application/pdfERR for HUD CDBG Application (July 2015)

HUD Environmental Review Record (24 CFR Part 58), Youth Studies Center Roadway Improvements Project (ENV046), New Orleans, Louisiana. July 2015.

0.06GJuly 31, 2015
Icon for file of type application/pdfAppendices B-E for Draft SEA

Appendices B-E for Draft SEA

0.13MDecember 5, 2016
Icon for file of type application/pdfDraft Supplemental Environmental Assessment: City of New Orleans Youth Study Center Vicinity Streets/ St. Bernard Area, Orleans Parish, Louisiana (FEMA-1603-DR-LA) November 2016

Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment, November 2016



1.03MDecember 5, 2016