The project status for MBSD is temporarily paused. The project status will return to in progress once the project sponsor completes all hydrologic modeling and the permitting timetable is updated in coordination with all cooperating agencies. Work not dependent on the hydrologic modeling will continue during the pause. We have worked closely with the applicant and the pause is due to their need to develop more information.
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:
|Agency||Action||Milestone Detail||Details/Status||Milestone Date|
|CPRA||Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018||CPRA 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|
|LDOTD||Permit||temporary access, alter, or use an existing ROW|
Reviewed at the LDOTD district level. Typical timeframe for review of COMPLETE application is 45 days.
|LDOTD||Permit||impacts to construction affecting Louisiana Hwy 23 and for related work within LDOTD ROW|
Reviewed at the LDOTD District and HQ levels. Typical timeframe for review of a COMPLETE application is 90 days.
|LDEQ||Certification||Section 401 Water Quality Certification||Needed prior to issuance of a 10/404 permit decision||See Details/Status|
|LDNR||CUP||Coastal Use Permit||Currently On-Hold for federal NEPA process; Needed prior to issuance of a 10/404 permit decision||see Details/Status|