Photo Credit: NOAA Work Plans There are approximately 130 cooperative workplans (studies) being developed or implemented to assess injuries to Louisiana's natural resources QA/QC data will be made publicly available Finalized Louisiana work plans are available to the public at and
Photo Credit: NOAA Early Restoration Overview April 21, $1 billion down payment for early restoration. Louisiana first made the request July Provides an opportunity to implement restoration projects prior to the completion of the natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) process.
Allocation of $1 Billion $300M for state- sponsored restoration projects based upon impacts $500M split equally among Gulf State Trustees $200M split equally among Federal Trustees Allocation of $1 Billion
Trustees consider all projects submitted for consideration based on criteria Projects proposed to Trustee Council Per agreement, Trustee Council vote on projects Trustees negotiate projects with BP Draft restoration plan or plans released for public comment Early Restoration Process
Oyster Re-establishment Program (Louisiana Oyster Cultch Project) Cheniere Ronquille Barrier Island Restoration Saltwater HatcheryBay Side Segmented Breakwater at Grand Isle Shell Island RestorationWest Grand Terre Beach Nourishment Chandeleur Islands RestorationWest Grand Terre Stabilization Biloxi Marsh Shoreline ProtectionBarataria Basin Barrier Shoreline Restoration - Caminada Headland Lake Hermitage Additional Increment (NRDA Early Restoration Project) Caillou Lake Grand Liard Marsh & Ridge Restoration Coastal Restoration Projects “Louisiana Plan” Projects
DERP/EA Phase I Overview December 14, 2011-draft plan released for 60- day public comment $57 Million for 8 Projects including: – Oyster cultch and hatchery projects – Marsh creation – Dune restoration – Boat ramps Louisiana has 2 projects totaling more than $28 million.
DERP/EA Phase I Overview
Photo Credit: NOAA Project Selection Process Project Solicitation Project Screening and Identification Negotiation Public Review and Comment Final Selection of Alternative
LA Oyster Cultch Project $14.9 Million Part 1: Cultch Placements on Public Seed Grounds – 850 acres – 6 locations Part 2: Construction of an Oyster Hatchery Facility – Grand Isle, La. – Produce 1 billion eyed larvae per season
LA Oyster Cultch Project
$13.2 Million 104 Acres of brackish marsh Plaquemines Parish Addition to CWPPRA project Lake Hermitage Marsh Creation
Public comment period closes on February 14, 2012 Comments received and considered Finalize approved projects with BP based on public comments If project is selected, project implementation begins Future rounds of Early Restoration Projects Next Steps for DERP/EA Phase I
Online – – Via Mail – Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office P.O. Box Baton Rouge, LA At a Public Meeting Deadline for comment is February 14, How to Submit a Comment
Public Meeting Schedule Public meetings begin with an open house at 5:30 p.m. Formal presentations begin at 6:30 p.m. January 31, 2012 – Houma, La. Terrebonne Council Chambers Second Floor 8026 Main Street Houma, LA February 1, 2012 – Chalmette, La. St. Bernard Parish Council Chambers 8201 West Judge Perez Drive Chalmette, LA February 2, 2012 – Belle Chasse, La. Belle Chasse Auditorium 8398 Highway 23 Belle Chasse, LA 70037