Louisiana Ecological Services
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Civil Works

West Bay Marsh Creation

Beneficial use of dredge material for marsh creation in West Bay, LA. Credit: USFWS

Through early and wise planning we work to conserve fish and wildlife and their habitats by minimizing impacts and recommending mitigation for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) flood risk reduction and navigation projects. We also work to improve the design and function of the Corps' ecosystem restoration projects and provide recommendations on ways to beneficially use material dredged from Federally authorized navigation projects. The primary authority for our work, the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, requires agencies to consult with the Service on all projects that impact wetlands, bayous, coulees, streams, lakes and rivers and to give fish and wildlife resources equal consideration during the project planning process while at the same time accomplishing the objectives of the proposed action. Other authorities that we provide assistance and guidance to help achieve environmental compliance during project planning, construction and operation phases include the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Coastal Barrier Resources Act.

Our staff assists project proponents and the Corps by serving as members of planning teams, reviewing and providing recommendations on proposed project plans and designs, developing mitigation plans, and providing knowledge and expertise about wildlife and habitat management and wetland restoration. Our office works with the three Corps' Districts that cover Louisiana: New Orleans District, Vicksburg District, and Galveston District. The first two districts are in the Corps Mississippi Valley Division, while the Galveston District is located in the Corps Southwestern Division. Flood risk reduction and navigation were once the principal types of projects, however, ecosystem restoration, primarily coastal wetland restoration associated with the Louisiana Coastal Area Study (LCA), has increased in importance.


For more information contact David Walther at 337.291.3100.

Last updated: February 27, 2013