The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group is planning restoration activities to address injuries caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. We would like your input regarding natural resource restoration opportunities in Terrebonne, Lafourche, Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, and St. Bernard Parishes in Louisiana.
We will consider a range of restoration activities under the Restore and Conserve Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats Restoration Type. More specifically, we will consider these restoration approaches under this restoration type:
- Create, restore, and enhance coastal wetlands.
- Restore oyster reef habitat.
- Create, restore, and enhance barrier and coastal islands and headlands.
- Restore and enhance dunes and beach.
We will consider restoration project proposals that could be ready for construction within 12 to 18 months of your submission. To that end, specifically, we would like to identify projects for which environmental compliance and/or engineering and design are already underway.
You can find information on the Restore and Conserve Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats Restoration Type, the four restoration approaches listed above, and the Oil Pollution Act criteria against which project ideas are being evaluated in the Trustees’ Programmatic Restoration Plan and in the plan’s overview.
You may submit restoration project ideas for consideration to the Trustees or to the State of Louisiana. New or revised project ideas should be submitted through the Trustee Council’s portal or the State of Louisiana’s portal by July 5, 2019. Projects submitted after the deadline will be considered in future restoration planning efforts.
If you have submitted project ideas in connection with other Louisiana restoration planning efforts, including Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan and other Deepwater Horizon restoration planning efforts, you do not need to resubmit those ideas. Instead, simply reference the method of and date of submittal of those previous project proposals, and we will consider them in this planning effort.
We will consider projects that address the listed restoration type/restoration approaches and may develop one or more draft restoration plans. We may also develop our own restoration projects for consideration.
Please contact us at LATIG@LA.gov if you have any questions. We look forward to considering your restoration project ideas.