Jul 16, 2010

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Honors Louisiana Coastal Restoration Team

Team completed four reports on environmental impact

The New Orleans District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has recognized the Louisiana Coastal Area (LCA) Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study Program team for their efforts in helping protect and restore the Louisiana coastal plain, the largest expanse of coastal wetlands in the contiguous United States.

The LCA team is a large-scale effort by the New Orleans District and the state of Louisiana to study and implement projects to restore the rapidly disappearing Louisiana coastline through a combination of freshwater diversions off the Mississippi River, barrier island restoration, and marsh creation. The team simultaneously completed four separate integrated feasibility and environmental impact statement reports in an expedited manner, as required by the Water Resource Development Act of 2007.

Michelle Boudreaux and Travis Weiss of PBS&J’s Metairie, La., office were among the recipients of the recognition on June 21 in New Orleans. Boudreaux and Weiss served as planners and project managers for the LCA near-term critical restoration projects through PBS&J, a company that provides infrastructure planning, engineering, construction management, architecture and program management services to public and private clients. These projects included the Amite River Diversion Canal Modification project aimed at reversing the trend of degradation in the Western Maurepas Swamp ecosystem, and the Small Diversion at Convent/Blind River, which will provide additional freshwater, nutrients, and fine sediment from the Mississippi River into Maurepas Swamp and its surrounding areas.