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Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion

Project Information
Sector: Water Resources
Project Category: 
FAST-41 Covered Projects
Project Status: 
In Progress
Total Estimated Project Cost: 
$1,400,000,000
Description: 

On June 22, 2016, CPRA submitted a joint permit application which included a brief project description:

"The Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion is a large scale, complex civil works and ecosystem restoration project. When operated, up to 75,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) of sediment laden water would be diverted from the Mississippi River to the mid-Barataria Basin to reconnect and re-establish the natural or deltaic sediment deposition process between the Mississippi River and the Barataria Basin to deliver sediment, freshwater, and nutrients to reduce land loss and sustain wetlands."

The proposed MBSD project has the potential for significant impacts and requires an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) under the National Envrionmental Policy Act (NEPA) to inform a permit decision relative to the lead federal agency under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (Section 404) and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act (Section 10), and permissions under Section 14 of the Rivers and Harbors Act (Section 408) The USACE-MVN Regulatory permit processing number is MVN-2012-2806-E00.

Additional project details can be found here:

Link to MBSD Regulatory webpage: here

Link to the MBSD Scoping Report (Jan 2018): here

Link to the 11 September 2017 Federal MOU for the MBSD permitting process: here

Link to the 25 January 2018 executed MOU between the State of Louisiana and FAST 41 Cooperating Agencies for the MBSD permit application: here

This Permitting Dashboard includes limitations on the types of milestones that are currently available to enter for tracking.  The MBSD project involves some authorizations/laws unsupported by the Permitting Table displayed at the bottom of this webpage.  For improved transparency, USACE is providing this supplemental table to track additional authorizations/laws that may be necessary for completion of the regulatory process:

Additional laws/authorizations for MBSD
AgencyActionMilestone DetailDetails/StatusMilestone Date
CPRABipartisan Budget Act of 2018CPRA begins consultation with NMFS on marine mammal impact minimizing, monitoring, and evaluation.

Following issuance of the MMPA waiver, the State will begin consultation with NMFS (using existing coordination processes to the extent possible) regarding practicable measures to minimize impacts to marine mammals, and measures to monitor and evaluate the impacts of the MBSD from construction, operation and maintenance. To date, the project sponsor has been in contact with NMFS about Phase I and Phase II marine mammal baseline data/monitoring. 

End Date not provided by CPRA
     

 

Permitting Timeline

Endangered Species Act Consultation - FWS
Fish and Wildlife Service (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA)
Planned
Milestones:
Date of Request for formal consultation received
Planned
Consultation Initiation Date
Planned
Final Biological Opinion Issued
Planned
Optional Milestones:
Initiate Informal Consultation
Complete 04/04/2017
Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act Review
Fish and Wildlife Service (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA)
In Progress
Milestones:
Initiate Informal Consultation
Complete 04/04/2017
Target: 04/04/2017
Completed application received
N/A
Final Biological Opinion Issued or Concurrence/Non-Concurrence
Planned
Notice to proceed
N/A
Review Terminated with no decision
N/A
Optional Milestones:
Coordination Ends
Planned
Target: 11/16/2020
Marine Mammal Protection Act Incidental Take Authorization
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA)
06/06/2018
Complete
Milestones:
Initial application received
Completed application received
N/A
Issuance of decision for permit/approval
Notice to proceed
N/A
Review Terminated with no decision
N/A
Optional Milestones:
Issue MMPA Waiver
Complete 03/15/2018
Target: 03/15/2018
Section 106 Review
Louisiana (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA)
Planned
Milestones:
Initial application received
Planned
Completed application received
Issuance of decision for permit/approval
Planned
Notice to proceed
Review Terminated with no decision
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Compliance
Natural Resources Conservation Service (Cooperating under FAST-41)
Complete
Milestones:
Initial application received
Complete
Completed application received
N/A
Issuance of decision for permit/approval
Complete 11/22/2016
Notice to proceed
N/A
Review Terminated with no decision
N/A
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Compliance
Louisiana (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA)
Planned
Milestones:
Initial application received
Planned
Completed application received
Issuance of decision for permit/approval
Planned
Notice to proceed
Review Terminated with no decision
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Compliance
Louisiana (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA)
Planned
Milestones:
Initial application received
Planned
Completed application received
Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
Planned
Notice to proceed
Review Terminated with no decision
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Compliance
Louisiana (Cooperating under FAST-41)
Planned
Milestones:
Initial application received
Planned
Completed application received
Issuance of decision for permit/approval
Planned
Notice to proceed
Review Terminated with no decision
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Compliance
Louisiana (Cooperating under FAST-41)
Planned
Milestones:
Initial application received
Complete 06/22/2016
Completed application received
Issuance of decision for permit/approval
Planned
Notice to proceed
Review Terminated with no decision
Endangered Species Act Consultation (NOAA-NMFS)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA)
Planned
Milestones:
Request for ESA Consultation Received
Consultation Package Deemed Complete – Formal
Conclusion of ESA Consultation
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, Section 305 Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Consultation
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA)
Planned
Milestones:
NOAA Initially Contacted Regarding EFH Consultation
NOAA Receives the Complete EFH Assessment to Initiate EFH Consultation
NOAA Issues a Response to the EFH Consultation Request
Section 10 Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and Section 404 Clean Water Act
US Army Corps of Engineers - Regulatory
11/16/2020
In Progress
Milestones:
Pre-construction Notification (PCN)/Form ENG 4345/Joint Application Form Received
Complete 07/24/2013
Complete Pre-Construction Notification (PCN)/Application Received
Complete 06/22/2016
Final Verification/Permit Decision Rendered
Current Target Date: 11/16/2020
Optional Milestones:
Receipt of a Modified Joint Permit Application
Complete 06/22/2016
Section 408 Permit
US Army Corps of Engineers - Civil Works
11/16/2020
In Progress
Milestones:
Initial application received
Complete 01/13/2017
Completed application received
Current Target Date: 03/31/2020
Issuance of decision for permit/approval
Current Target Date: 11/16/2020
Optional Milestones:
District ATR Completed
Current Target Date: 05/31/2020
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
US Army Corps of Engineers - Regulatory
11/16/2020
In Progress
Milestones:
Issuance of Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) 
Complete 10/04/2013
Scoping 
Complete 09/05/2017
Official Notice of Availability of a Draft EIS published in the Federal Register (FR) beginning both the public comment period and concurrent CAA Section 309 Review
Current Target Date: 11/29/2019
Official Notice of Availability of a Final EIS published in the FR beginning both the public review period and concurrent CAA Section 309 Review 
Current Target Date: 10/16/2020
Issuance of Record of Decision or combined Final EIS / Record of Decision 
Current Target Date: 11/16/2020
Optional Milestones:
Decision to Prepare an EIS
Complete 08/28/2013
Updated Notice of Intent (NOI)
Complete 04/27/2017
EIS Schedule/Kickoff Meeting
Complete 04/04/2017
ADCIRC/Fisheries modeling from CPRA received
Current Target Date: 12/06/2018
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