St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to Host Public Meeting in LaPlace on West Shore Lake Pontchartrain Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction Study

U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to Host Public Meeting in LaPlace on West Shore Lake Pontchartrain Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction Study

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – St. John the Baptist Parish residents and community members are encouraged to attend a presentation and public hearing sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) New Orleans District, regarding the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain (WSLP) Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction Study, on September 17, 2013 at the St. John Community Center.

Open house will begin at 6:00 p.m. to allow attendees the opportunity to ask questions and provide one-on-one comments to a certified court reporter.  At 6:30 p.m., the Corps will briefly present the project and accept additional verbal and written comments.

The USACE New Orleans District recently released the integrated study identifying Alternative C as the draft Tentatively Selected Plan (TSP) for the project. This alternative includes a levee from the Bonnet Carré Spillway to Hope Canal to the Mississippi River. Before the study can be finalized, the Corps must fully review and evaluate all comments received during a 45 day public comment period.

Residents are encouraged to comment on the draft integrated WSLP feasibility study and Environmental Impact Statement before a final plan is adopted. The study contains a description of the project, an evaluation of the four alternatives under consideration and an analysis of potential environmental impacts. The report is currently available for viewing on the St. John Parish website at sjbparish.com or at the St. John Parish Central Library, 2920 Highway 51 in LaPlace.

The Corps will also accept written comments until October 7, 2013.  All comments should be directed to:

William Klein

Regional Planning and Environment Division - South

New Orleans District, Corps of Engineers

P.O. Box 60267

New Orleans, Louisiana 70160-0267

Comments may also be sent to WSLPAdmin@usace.army.mil.

The Community Center is located at 2900 Hwy. 51 in LaPlace.  For more information, please contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Public Affairs’ Office at (504)-862-2201 or through email at: askthecorps@usace.army.mil.

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