Environmental Assessment for Fourchon Beach Shoreline Protection Greater Lafourche Port Commission, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana (November 2012)
Hurricane Katrina made landfall on August 29, 2005, in southeast Louisiana near Buras-Triumph, Plaquemines Parish as a Category 3 storm. Hurricane Ike made landfall on September 13, 2008, near Galveston, Texas, as a strong Category 2 storm. President George W. Bush declared major disasters for the State of Louisiana and signed disaster declaration FEMA-1603-DR-LA on August 29, 2005 for Hurricane Katrina, and FEMA-1792-DR-LA on September 13, 2008. In order to restore the lost functions and resources that were destroyed as a result of Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, GLPC seeks federal grant funds to construct the eligible beach erosion control facility in a location directly behind and on the same alignment as the existing damaged facility. This project is needed to support implementation of the long-term community recovery plan by providing increased protection of the beach shoreline and eliminating gaps in the resources available by expanding marshes, creating essential fish habitat, and reducing storm surge risk to vital energy supply facilities. This Environmental Assessment (EA) has been 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 [CFR] Parts 1500-1508), and FEMA’s regulations implementing NEPA (44 CFR Part 10).