Your Voice is Needed for #OurCoast: Attend Upcoming Mid-Barataria Scoping Meetings

By Emily Falgoust, Communications Associate, Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition, National Audubon Society

Conceptual design concept for a sediment diversion. Credit: CPRA

As the State of Louisiana and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) move forward with the permitting process for the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion – one of the most important restoration projects in the Coastal Master Plan – your voice and support are needed! The Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion would reconnect the river with nearby wetlands and deliver sediment to build and maintain tens of thousands of acres in this crucial area.

To get this project constructed, the Corps must follow the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. Scoping meetings — public meetings where you can provide feedback to the Corps on the project and what you would like to see addressed in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) — are one of the first steps in this process.

It is essential that stakeholders attend these meetings, provide input and ask the Corps to carefully consider what the future of our coast and our communities would look like without the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion. We are asking our supporters to attend one or more of the meetings below to provide input and voice support for the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion.

When are the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion scoping meetings?

5:00 pm: Open House, opportunity for the public to ask questions and submit scoping comments

5:30 pm: Presentation on the NEPA process and proposed Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion project

6:00 pm: Open House re-opens for public comments

8:00 pm: Adjourn

 

For more information on the NEPA process and scoping meetings, view this factsheet from the Environmental Law Institute.

For a history of the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion, view our recent blog post "The History of the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion: An Intern’s Perspective"