In March, a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and proposed Oil Pollution Act Natural Resources Damages Restoration Plan will be made available for public review and comment. These documents will have information about the proposed Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion Project and its potential benefits and impacts to the environment and surrounding communities. These documents will also have information about CPRA’s intended plans to avoid, minimize or mitigate the potential impacts of the proposed Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion Project.
CPRA anticipates the DEIS will identify that the proposed Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion project may increase flooding in the communities located within 20 miles south of the proposed sediment diversion and will identify changes to fishing in the Barataria Basin. CPRA has proposed ideas to reduce these potential impacts in these community and would like feedback directly from minority community members and fishers (including but not limited to African American, Latino, Asian American, Asian Pacific Islander, and Native American) and low-income community members and fishers who may be negatively impacted. This includes:
• Those who have an annual income of less than $12,760 for an individual or less than $26,200 for a family
• Those who identify as a minority or represent a community of color
• Those who speak English as a second language
• Those who rely on fishing and/or fisheries for subsistence or as their primary source of food
This questionnaire is intended specifically as outreach to low income and minority community members and fishers. After watching the video above, please complete the questionnaire below.
Members of the general public are encouraged to participate in upcoming public meetings regarding the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion and to submit official public comment then. More information on general public meetings is forthcoming. Please keep up with us on social media or by visiting coastal.la.gov/calendar.