Environmental Assessment for New Orleans Police Department Stables and Canine Unit, Orleans Parish, New Orleans, Louisiana (November 2012)
Hurricane Katrina made landfall on August 29, 2005 near the town of Buras, Louisiana with sustained winds of more than 125 mph. President George W. Bush declared a major disaster for the State of Louisiana (FEMA-1603-DR-LA) 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. Section 406 of the Stafford Act authorizes FEMA’s Public Assistance Program (PA) to assist in funding the repair, restoration, reconstruction, or replacement of public facilities damaged as a result of the declared disaster. The damaged facilities provided NOPD with kennels, stables, training areas, and medical and administrative space to carry out the shelter, sustenance and treatment duties necessary for Canine Unit and Mounted Division activities, and to conduct necessary training and meetings. NOPD needs to restore the lost functions and capacity of care, training, storage, and administrative space for continuance and support of the Canine Unit and Mounted Division programs. This Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), the President’s Council on Environmental Quality regulations implementing NEPA (Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Parts 1500 to 1508), and FEMA’s regulations implementing NEPA (44 CFR Parts 9 and 10).