July 15, 2013
NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY
On January 10, 2012, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, (USACE), proposed to perform grading, demolition, and stone bank paving in connection with the Mississippi River, Third District Reach Revetment project, Mississippi River Mile 90.4-L, Above Head of Passes, Levee Station (LS) 81 +57.52 to LS 84 +96.10, St Bernard Parish, Louisiana. The project would affect the Chalmette Battlefield unit of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. The National Park Service (NPS) has developed a draft categorical exclusion (CE) and wetland statement of findings (WSOF) to examine the potential effects of issuing the USACE a permit and right of entry to conduct the proposed work. The draft CE/WSOF is now available for public review and comment at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/jela
. Click on the project title "USACE Mississippi River Channel Improvement Project, Third Reach Revetment Project," and follow the instructions.
The NPS anticipates completing a CE in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and a WSOF in accordance with Executive Order (EO) 11990. Executive Order 11990 – Protection of Wetlands – requires the National Park Service and other Federal agencies to evaluate the likely impacts of actions on wetlands. The objectives of the Executive Order are to avoid, to the extent possible, the long-term and short-term adverse impacts associated with occupancy, modification, or destruction of wetlands, and to avoid indirect support of development and new construction in such areas, wherever there is a practicable alternative.
The NPS encourages public participation throughout the NEPA process. I invite you to voice your ideas, comments, or concerns about this effort. If you wish to comment on the WSOF, you may post comments online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/jela
, or mail comments to the letterhead address. We will be accepting comments for 30 days. The deadline for comments can be found on the website. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
Any questions, or requests for a hard copy of the document, should be addressed to Joe Llewellyn at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 504-589-3882 x 407.
Joe Llewellyn, email email@example.com, or by phone at 504-589-3882 x 407.