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FEMA Section 106 Notices for Louisiana
"Public Notice NHPA/NEPA1
Seeking Public Comment for 404 Hazard Mitigation Grant Proposal for Main Street Drainage Improvements: 107 E Cuevas Street, Main Street, Avenue G, and Avenue F, Belle Chasse, LA.
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Public Notice NHPA/NEPA1
Seeking Public Comment for 404 Hazard Mitigation Grant Proposal for Main Street Drainage Improvements: 107 E Cuevas Street, Main Street, Avenue G, and Avenue F, Belle Chasse, LA.


Map displaying project location (above)
Project area photos 2015 (below)
As part of FEMA's 404 Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Plaquemines Parish Government is requesting that FEMA provide funds to expand drainage infrastructure in in the following locations: 107 E Cuevas Street, Main Street, Avenue G, and Avenue F, Belle Chasse, LA, in order to alleviate the reoccurring flooding of Main Street and Avenue G, which includes the construction of a new drainage pumping station and drainage discharge pipeline.

Federal regulations require FEMA, a funding agency, to identify if any of the properties are historic (listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places); to assess the effects the work will have on historic properties; to seek ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate any adverse effects to historic properties; and to evaluate the proposed action's potential for significant impacts to the human and natural environment.

The proposed improvements are located within a portion of the former Belle Chasse Plantation complex, a previously recorded archaeological site determined to be eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Accordingly, FEMA determined that the proposed construction of the new drainage pumping station and drainage discharge pipeline, will have an adverse effect to this historic property.

FEMA is proposing data recovery of archaeological deposits and public interpretation, as provided for in a Standard Mitigation Measure Agreement. To help further develop a course of action for this project, FEMA is requesting your input by July 27, 2016 on ways to avoid or minimize drainage system improvements and any ideas on how to mitigate the adverse effects to the Belle Chasse Plantation Archaeological Site.

Comments can be posted at this website: http:///www.crt.state.la.us/culturalassets/fema106

Or mail comments to:
FEMA Mail Center/Historic Preservation
1500 Main Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802


1The high winds and heavy rains of Hurricanes Katrina and the subsequent widespread flooding damaged many buildings in Plaquemines Parish, LA. In the aftermath of the hurricane, the FEMA is issuing this public notice as part of its responsibilities under the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's regulations, 36 CFR Part 800, implementing Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (NHPA). This notice applies to activities carried out by the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) program implemented under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C.5152-5206. FEMA is also required to fulfill the Council of Environmental Quality regulations (NEPA regulations, 43 FR 55978 (1978)) that provide policy and procedures to enable FEMA officials to be informed and to take into account environmental considerations when authorizing or approving major FEMA actions that may significantly affect the environment of the United States. It is the intent of NEPA that federal agencies encourage and facilitate public involvement to the extent practicable in decisions that may affect the quality of the environment.