- Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion - The Pros and ConsTulane University, New Orleans, LA
La has lost over 1.2 million acres in the past century. One of the more ambitious projects to decrease impacts from hurricanes and tropical storms is the multibillion-dollar Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion on the West Bank of the Mississippi River.
Please join the New Orleans Group of the Sierra Club and the Tulane Green Club on Sunday March 10 from 6 to 7:30 at Jones Hall Rm 102 on the Tulane Campus. Brad LaBorde will give a general overview of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Project. A permit was issued in Dec 2022, and broke ground in Aug 2023. The permit decision was informed by an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for National Environmental Policy Act compliance. The EIS analysis took place from 2016 to 2022 and discloses anticipated beneficial and detrimental impacts associated with construction and operation of the project in comparison to existing conditions of the Barataria Basin. The Final EIS is available in its entirety on the website: https://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Permits/Mid-
Brad LaBorde serves as the Eastern Evaluation Branch Chief for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Program. Brad has 17 years of experience in the Program with hands on experience in environmental resources and impact analysis, habitat and wetland value assessments, and the National Environmental Policy Act process relative to Dept of the Army permit applications under the Rivers and Harbors Act, the Clean Water Act and other applicable laws and regulations. Brad is also a proud graduate of the University of New Orleans. Brad is excited about the opportunity to discuss the complex MBSD project.
The Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion is expected to build and sustain up to 26,000 acres of wetlands. For those who can’t attend in person, the Zoom link for the event: