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Draft Environmental Assessment, Slidell City Barn Pump Station Drainage Improvements (HMGP Project Number 1603-0321), St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana (FEMA DR-1603-LA)

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, Florida, 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 DR-1603-LA) authorizing the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) 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), Public Law (P.L). 93-288, as amended 42 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.

This Environmental Assessment (EA) is being prepared in accordance with the FEMA Instruction 108-1-1 and the DHS Instruction 023-01-001-01, pursuant to Section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as implemented by the regulations promulgated by the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Parts 1500-1508). Through the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), the City of Slidell has applied for funding under FEMA’s HMGP to reduce localized flooding during and after major storm events within the area of the City of Slidell. The locations for the proposed drainage improvements would be at Bayou Patassat (Latitude 30.273328, Longitude -89.787731) and the existing City Barn Pump Station (Latitude 30.273494, Longitude -89.788233). The purpose of this EA is to analyze and evaluate if the proposed drainage improvement project at the Slidell City Barn Drainage Pump Station (City Barn) would have the potential for significant adverse effects on the quality of the human and natural environment. The results of this EA will be used to make a decision whether to initiate preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or to prepare a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).

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Draft EA with Appendices (Jan 2017)