Historic Properties Management Plan for the Atchafalaya Basin Floodway System Project, South Louisiana
COASTAL ENVIRONMENTS INC BATON ROUGE LA
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This document presents a Historic Properties Management Plan HPMP for the Atchafalaya Basin Floodway System ABFS Project. The primary goal of the plan is to provide the outline of a program for compliance with historic preservation requirements on lands managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Atchafalaya Basin. The project area consists of approximately 595,000 acres lying between the East and West Atchafalaya Basin Protection Levees and from U.S. Highway 190 to Morgan City, Louisiana. Its authorized features include 1 the purchase of 50,000 acres for public access 2 the acquisition of flowage control easements over 59,000 acres of private lands 3 the acquisition of developmental control and environmental protection easements for 338,000 acres 4 the purchase of 1500 acres for recreational development by the non-federal sponsor of the project and 5 the development of two or more water management units. The statutory and regulatory bases of the Historic Properties Management Plan are summarized, and previous cultural resources research in the Atchafalaya Basin is reviewed. Models of the distribution of terrestrial sites and shipwrecks, derived from this research, are briefly discussed. The impacts of past flood control and navigation projects in the Atchafalaya Basin on cultural resources are summarized and the potential impacts of the various features of the ABFS Project are discussed. Finally, recommendations are offered for prioritizing future cultural resources investigations and for compliance procedures for specific project activities.
- Humanities and History
- Civil Engineering