For Immediate Release: March 20, 2009
Southwest Coastal Louisiana Protection Effort Scoping Meetings Set for Next Week
Public will have opportunity to provide input at Calcasieu, Cameron, and Vermilion Parishes meetings
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the State of Louisiana are hosting a series of scoping meetings to gather input from the public to evaluate a full suite of structural, nonstructural and coastal protection measures to achieve storm damage risk reductions within Calcasieu, Cameron, and Vermilion Parishes in Southwest Coastal Louisiana.
This project will investigate several types of ecosystem protection measures on the Chenier Plain such as coastal protection (salinity control, new locks, hydrologic restoration, freshwater introductions, beneficial use, shoreline stabilization, bypass culverts, and dedicated dredging). Hurricane damage reduction concepts that will be considered include multi-parish levee alignments, multiple lines of defense, and nonstructural measures (levees and breakwaters, ring levees, structure raising, property buyouts, relocation, and flood-proofing).
The purpose of this effort is to determine the feasibility, based on Federal criteria, of providing coastal protection measures to the Southwest Louisiana parishes of Calcasieu, Cameron, and Vermilion and to determine feasibility.
Meetings will be held at the following locations:
Cameron Parish - Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Cameron Parish Courthouse
119 Smith Circle, Cameron, LA 70631
Calcasieu Parish - Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Central School Arts & Humanities Center
809 Kirby Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601 - PLEASE NOTE ADDRESS CHANGE
Vermilion Parish - Thursday, March 26, 2009, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Abbeville High School
1305 Wildcat Drive, Abbeville, LA 70510
For more information, please visit the project Web site at www.mvn.usace.army.mil.
For more information about the CPRA and Louisiana's ongoing coastal protection and wetland restoration efforts, please contact Chris Macaluso at (225) 342-3968 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority's mandate is to develop, implement and enforce a comprehensive coastal protection and restoration master plan. For the first time in Louisiana's history, this single state authority will integrate coastal restoration and hurricane protection by marshalling the expertise and resources of the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Transportation and Development, and other state agencies, to speak with one clear voice for the future of Louisiana's coast. Working with federal, state and local political subdivisions, including levee districts, the CPRA will work to establish a safe and sustainable coast that will protect our communities, the nation's critical energy infrastructure, and our bountiful natural resources for generations to come. The CPRA of Louisiana was established by Act 8 of the 1st Extraordinary Session of 2005.