Draft Environmental Impact Statement, West Bank Hurricane Protection Levee, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.
ARMY ENGINEER DISTRICT NEW ORLEANS LA
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Jefferson Parish, located in southeast Louisiana, without an adequate hurricane protection levee system for the populated areas in the southern part of the parish. The purpose of this document is to determine the environmental consequences of providing this hurricane protection. Seven levee alinements were studied. Constructing the levee would cause the impoundment of from 429 to 2,729 acres of wetlands, depending on the alinement, and the subsequent blockage of free surface water exchange to the protected side of the levee. With the flood protection afforded by a levee, the enclosed wetlands located on the protected side of the levee will be subjected to increased developmental pressures.
- Civil Engineering