[Federal Register: May 24, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 101)]
[Page 36643-36644]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Fish and Wildlife Service

Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment for 
the Delta Management at Fort St. Philip Project, Plaquemines Parish, 

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of document availability.


SUMMARY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the availability 
of the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Delta Management at 
Fort St. Philip 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 our Louisiana 
Field Office (see ADDRESSES section). Requests must be made in writing 
to be processed. This notice is provided pursuant to National 
Environmental Policy Act regulations (40 CFR 1506.6).
    We specifically request information, views, and opinions from the 
public through this Notice on the Federal action, including the 
identification of any other aspects of the human environment not 
already identified in the our EA.

DATES: Written comments on the draft EA must be received on or before 
June 24, 2002.

ADDRESSES: Persons wishing to review the draft EA may obtain a copy by 
writing to the Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 646 
Cajundome Boulevard, Suite 400, Lafayette, Louisiana 70506. If you wish 
to comment, you may submit comments by any one of several methods. You 
may mail comments to the Louisiana Field Office at the address listed 
above. You also may comment via the Internet to ``kevin--roy@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 us that we have received your 
internet message, contact us directly at the telephone numbers listed 
below (see FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section). Finally, you may hand 
deliver comments to the Louisiana Field Office. Data or comments 
regarding the draft EA should be submitted in writing to the Louisiana 
Field Office to be adequately considered in the our decision-making 
process. Documents will be available for public inspection by 
appointment during normal business hours at our Louisiana Field Office 
(Attn: Kevin Roy).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Kevin Roy, Fish and Wildlife 
Biologist, (see ADDRESSES section), telephone: 337/291-3120 or 337/291-
3100, facsimile: 337/291-3139.



    The Delta Management at Fort St. Philip Project, is being funded 
through the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act 
on the Tenth Priority Project List. The project purpose is to promote 
the formation of emergent marsh through the construction of artificial 
crevasses and earthen terraces. The project is located near the east 
bank of the Mississippi River adjacent to Fort St. Philip in 
Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. The project area has experienced 
extensive marsh loss since the mid 1970s, with loss rates as high as 8 
percent per year.

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However, many areas are experiencing marsh growth as sediment 
introduced from the Mississippi River through a natural crevasse is 
causing infilling of open water areas. The preferred alternative is to 
construct earthen terraces and artificial crevasses to enhance the 
natural processes of marsh building now occurring in the project area.

Public Comments Solicited

    We solicit written comments on the draft EA described. All comments 
received by the date specified above will be considered in our 
decision-making process.
    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.


    The primary author of this document is Kevin Roy (see ADDRESSES 


    The authority for this action is the National Environmental Quality 
Improvement Act of 1970, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4371 et seq.) and CEQ 
Regulations 40 CFR 1506.6.

    Dated: May 6, 2002.
Cynthia K. Dohner,
Acting Regional Director.
[FR Doc. 02-13078 Filed 5-23-02; 8:45 am]