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Mississippi River Mid-Basin Sediment Diversion Program<< Back to Key Initiatives

Next Steps

Environmental Permitting

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to integrate environmental values into their decision-making processes by considering the environmental impacts of their proposed actions and reasonable alternatives to those actions.

An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is a detailed analysis that serves to ensure that the policies and goals defined in NEPA are infused into the ongoing programs and actions of the federal agency involved in the project.

The EIS for Mid-Barataria is currently underway. In June 2016 CPRA submitted an updated permit application to the New Orleans District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In January 2017, CPRA selected Gulf Engineers and Consultants (GEC) as the third-party contractor to lead the EIS. Throughout 2017, GEC will engage the public, other federal agencies, and outside parties to provide input into the preparation of an EIS and comment on the draft EIS when it is completed. The EIS will provide a discussion of significant environmental impacts and reasonable alternatives (including a No Action alternative) which would avoid or minimize adverse impacts or enhance the quality of the human environment.

The EIS process for the Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion project is anticipated to begin in 2018.

Engineering and Design

Over the next several years, CPRA will work to optimize operations, formulate the final project design, and apply for appropriate construction permits in order to construct these foundational projects for the coastal master plan. At the same time, planning efforts will continue to evaluate additional diversions.

In July 2017, CPRA selected AECOM to lead the engineering and design effort for the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion. Relevant deliverables for the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion can be found by visiting this page. In anticipation of the engineering and design solicitation for the Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion, CPRA is posting applicable documentation online. Visit this page to see documents pertinent to the Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion.

In Fall of 2016, CPRA completed its Collaborative Delivery Analysis for the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion project.  The results showed that a Construction Management At-Risk (CMAR) delivery model was best suited for this complex project. To learn more about CMAR and review “Frequently Asked Questions” about this delivery model and solicitation, click here.