[Federal Register: September 19, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 182)]
[Page 59072-59073]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Fish and Wildlife Service

Availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the 
Grand-White Lakes Land Bridge Protection Project, Cameron Parish, LA

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.


    The Service announces the availability of the draft EA for the 
Grand-White Lakes Land Bridge Protection Project. A more detailed 
description of the project is outlined in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION 
section below. A copy of the draft EA may be obtained by sending a 
written request to the Service's Louisiana Field Office (see 
ADDRESSES). Requests should be made in writing or can be obtained by 
calling Mr. Darryl Clark at 337/291-3100 or by fax at 337/291-3139. 
This notice is provided pursuant to NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1506.6).
    The Service specifically requests information, views, and opinions 
from the public via this Notice on the Federal action, including the 
identification of any other aspects of the human environment not 
already identified in the Service's EA.
    If you wish to comment, you may submit comments by any one of 
several methods. You may mail comments to the Service's Louisiana Field 
Office (see ADDRESSES). You also may comment via the internet to 
Darryl--Clark@fws.gov. Please submit comments over the internet as an 
ASCII file avoiding the use of special characters and any form of 
encryption. Please also include your name and return address in your 
internet message. If you do not receive a confirmation from the Service 
that we have received your internet message, contact us directly at the 
telephone numbers listed below (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). 
Finally, you may hand deliver comments to the Service office listed 
below (see ADDRESSES). Our practice is to make comments, including 
names and home addresses of respondents, available for public review 
during regular business hours. Individual respondents may request that 
we withhold their home address from the administrative record. We will 
honor such requests to the extent allowable by law. There may also be 
circumstances in which we would withhold from the administrative record 
a respondent's identity, as allowable by law. If you wish us to 
withhold your name and address, you must state this prominently at the 
beginning of your comments. We will not, however, consider anonymous 
comments. We will make all submissions from organizations or 
businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as 
representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, available 
for public inspection in their entirety.

DATES: Written comments on the draft EA should be sent to the Service's 
Louisiana Field Office (see ADDRESSES) and should be received on or 
before October 21, 2002.

ADDRESSES: Persons wishing to review the draft EA may obtain a copy by

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writing to the Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 646 
Cajundome Boulevard, Suite 400, Lafayette, Louisiana 70506. Documents 
will be available for public inspection by appointment during normal 
business hours at the Service's Louisiana Field Office (Attn: Darryl 
Clark). Written data or comments regarding the draft EA should be 
submitted to the Service's Louisiana Field Office. The data and 
comments must be submitted in writing to be adequately considered in 
the Service's decision-making process.

Biologist, (see ADDRESSES above), telephone: 337/291-3111 or 337/291-
3100, facsimile: 337/291-3139.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Grand-White Lakes Land Bridge Protection 
Project is being funded through the Coastal Wetlands Planning, 
Protection and Restoration Act from the Tenth Priority Project List. 
The project purpose is to protect and facilitate the formation of marsh 
and submerged aquatic vegetation through the construction of a 
foreshore dike (with marsh creation) and earthen terraces, and by 
planting vegetation. The project is located in southwestern Louisiana 
in the southeastern portion of Grand Lake, approximately 15 miles 
northeast of Grand Chenier in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. The project 
area has experienced extensive marsh loss since the mid-1960s, with 
shoreline loss rates as high as 27 feet per year due mostly to elevated 
water levels produced by operation of water control structures for 
navigation and agricultural water supply purposes. The preferred 
alternative is to construct a foreshore dike, create marsh with dredged 
material from access channel construction, construct earthen terraces, 
and plant vegetation to protect and restore fresh marsh in the area and 
prevent the 17 mile-wide Grand Lake from eroding into Collicon Lake.

    Dated: August 29, 2002.
Sam D. Hamilton,
Regional Director, Southeastern Region.
[FR Doc. 02-23794 Filed 9-18-02; 8:45 am]