Permitting & Timeline

Permitting & Timeline

Sediment diversions are complex projects, and are required to undergo a robust planning, permitting, and implementation efforts grounded in science and engineering.

Federal Permitting Process

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1. CPRA Submits Joint Permit Application

1. CPRA Submits Joint Permit Application

As a part of the environmental permitting process for the sediment diversion projects, CPRA (cooperating agency) works in coordination with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (lead agency) to submit an application for a permit to begin construction on the project.

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2. Public Scoping Meeting

2. Public Scoping Meeting

This is the first opportunity for the general public to review information on the project and provide feedback and questions USACE will evaluate as part of the permitting process and EIS development.

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3. USACE Develops Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)
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3. USACE Develops Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)

A large portion of the evaluation of these projects includes an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) – a detailed analysis that serves to ensure that the policies and goals defined in NEPA are consistent with ongoing programs and actions of the agencies involved in the project.

The EIS will evaluate potential impacts on numerous factors including fisheries, socioeconomic, marine mammals, water quality, storm surge/flooding, and aesthetics of the environment, to ultimately inform the decision on project construction.

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4. Public Comment Period

4. Public Comment Period

A draft of the Environmental Impact Statement is made available for public review and comment, providing an opportunity for the general public to review the potential benefits and imapcts the project may have to the surrounding environment.

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1. EIS revisions based on Public Comment
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5. EIS revisions based on Public Comment

Based upon the results and impacts identified during the EIS process, CPRA will adjust project operations and implementation to avoid, minimize, or mitigate any significant impacts the projects may have to the extent feasible.

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2. USACE develops Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)

6. USACE develops Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)

The final EIS incorporates and addresses all comments submitted during the public comment period.

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3. Final Public Review

7. Final Public Review

The Final EIS document will be available for public review for 60 days.

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4. USACE Record of Decision

8. USACE Record of Decision

USACE, as the regulatory agency, will make final decision on granting a permit for the project.


Outreach & Engagement

Since 2016, CPRA has held over 300 meetings across coastal Louisiana and met with over 12,000 stakeholders to share information about the projects. While not official public comment opportunities or a required part of the permitting process, CPRA is strongly committed to outreach and engagement to keep all stakeholder groups informed as new information becomes available.

  • Elected & Parish Officials
  • Seafood Industry
  • Recreation Industry
  • Communities Near Project Sites
  • NGO, Nonprofit, & Stakeholder Groups
  • General Public