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Louisiana Trustees Seek Public Comment on Draft Restoration Plan for Queen Bess Island

The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group, has released its Draft Phase 2 Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #1.1: Queen Bess Island Restoration. The draft plan is consistent with the Trustees’ Programmatic Restoration Plan and proposes projects for restoring natural resources and services injured or lost as a result in Louisiana caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. They are seeking public comment on the draft plan through January 22, 2019.

The Draft Phase 2 Restoration Plan #1.1 evaluates two alternatives for restoration of bird habitat, plus a no action alternative. The preferred alternative would create 30 acres of brown pelican habitat and 7 acres of tern and skimmer habitat. The estimated total project cost for the Preferred Alternative is $18,710,000. This includes an estimated $2 million in engineering and design expended in line with the Phase 1 Final Restoration Plan 1, and $16,710,000 being sought for construction, construction oversight, operations, maintenance, monitoring, adaptive management, and any future engineering and design costs.

A public meeting will be held on January 3, 2019 at 9:30 AM, in association with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building, 200 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA, 70808. Verbal comments of the draft restoration plan will be taken during this meeting. You can also provide comments to us via the online portal or U.S. mail through January 22, 2019.

Learn about the draft plan and ways to comment on it at the Louisiana Restoration Area web page's Announcement and News section.

Source: Deepwater Horizon NRDA Trustee Council

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