Public Scoping Meetings for West Shore Lake Pontchartrain to be held Oct 5 & 6

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has announced two virtual public scoping meetings to gather input for the preparation of the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) regarding the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain (WSLP) project.

The WSLP project will provide a 100-year hurricane risk reduction system for residents of St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, and St. James Parishes.

This SEIS will provide an assessment of proposed alternative projects to mitigate environmental impacts caused by the construction of the WSLP project and it would identify the Tentatively Selected Alternative.

Compensatory mitigation for impacts due to construction of the WSLP Project was described in Environmental Assessment (EA) 576, which addressed mitigation for habitat impacts. Public comments on EA 576 included requests that the River Reintroduction into Maurepas Swamp Project be considered as a mitigation alternative for impacts to swamp habitat associated with the construction of the WSLP Project.

To read more about why the Corps has been requested to use the Maurepas project as mitigation for WSLP, see the Maurepas Project Mitigation Guide:


To Join the Meeting:
Meetings will be held virtually via WebEX and streamed on the district’s Facebook page.

Public Comments

Comments will be accepted until October 31, 2021 via:

  • Public meetings Oct 5 & 6 (see links above)
  • By text or voicemail: (318) 467-8350
  • Email: mvnenvironmental@usace.army.mil
  • Mail to:
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    Regional Planning and Environmental Division South PDS-C
    7400 Leake Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

All public comments received will be addressed and considered accordingly as part of the continued development of the SEIS into a more detailed recommended plan. Once a draft SEIS is released, the public will also be able to submit comments on that document.

Other Related Resources
West Shore Lake Pontchartrain project website
Supporting information will be available online at the Corps’ New Orleans District website
CPRA Maurepas Project website
Corps flyover video of WSLP construction
Facebook event pages for public meetings: October 5 and October 6

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