DWH NRDA Restoration - Louisiana TIG Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment for the Cypremort Point State Park Improvements Project Modifications
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was the largest maritime oil spill in U.S. history. It resulted in the discharge of millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Under the Oil Pollution Act (OPA), each party responsible for a vessel or facility from which oil is discharged, or which poses the substantial threat of a discharge, is liable for, among other things, removal costs and damages for injury to, destruction of, loss, or loss of use of natural resources, including the reasonable cost of assessing the damage. Pursuant to OPA, federal and state natural resource trustees, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and trustee agencies from the states of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas, were charged with assessing and restoring for injuries to affected Gulf resources.
Under a global settlement reached on April 4, 2016, the Trustees released the Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan/Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PDARP/PEIS). The settlement agreement includes a funding schedule that will extend through 2031. During this timeframe the trustees will provide many opportunities for public participation, including the opportunity to submit project ideas and proposals and to comment on draft restoration plans.
The original scope of the Cypremort Improvements project was approved in the LA TIG Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment #4. The project included a variety of park enhancements including beach restoration, marsh boardwalk and trail construction, road and jetty repairs, and replacement of the breakwater system that helps protect the park's recreational beach. Following completion of the restoration plan, the Louisiana Office of State Parks was successful in securing other non-NRDA funding to construct the breakwater system that was originally proposed as a component of the Cypremort Improvements project.
Consistent with the PDARP/PEIS, the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group has prepared the LA TIG Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan/EA for Cypremort Point State Park Improvement Project Modifications.The modifications considered in this Supplemental Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment include replacing the original proposed breakwater system project feature with construction of a recreational vehicle campground, associated infrastructure, and amenities at the park, consistent with the purpose and need of the original project.. The Louisiana TIG prepared the Supplemental RP/EA to inform the public about potential modifications to the Cypremort Improvements project and to seek public comment.
• Louisiana - Joann Hicks, 225-342-5477
• EPA - Douglas Jacobson, 214-665-6692