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Time is winding down for Mississippians to voice their opinion on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion project. The public commenting period closes tomorrow, June 3, 2021 at 11:59 (MT). 

Below is an overview of the purpose of the DEIS from the National Park Service.

“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), New Orleans District is evaluating the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana’s (CPRA) application for a Department of the Army permit under Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and a permission request under Section 14 (33 U.S. Code [USC] 408) (Section 408) of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 to construct, operate, and maintain the proposed Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion Project (proposed MBSD Project or Project) in Plaquemines and Jefferson Parishes, Louisiana. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, and U.S. Department of Agriculture are federal cooperating agencies for the preparation of this Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The USACE has prepared this EIS to assess the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed Project.

In addition to informing the USACE decisions, this EIS will be used to inform decisions that the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group (Louisiana TIG) may make regarding restoration planning in the Barataria Basin under the Oil Pollution Act (OPA).”

Our office remains committed to keeping Mississippians informed on important topics across the state. For additional questions or concerns regarding the project, please contact our External Affairs Division at ExternalAffairs@sos.ms.gov.

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