COASTAL WETLANDS PLANNING, PROTECTION AND RESTORATION ACT

PROJECT STATUS REPORT as of 18-May-2022

Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge Hydro Restoration, Phase 2

PROJECT DATA

PROJECT: Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge Hydro Restoration, Phase 2
PRIORITY LIST: 2 PROJECT NO: 0225 CWPPRA NO: XPO-52b DNR NO: PO-18
PROJECT TYPE: Hydrologic Restoration NET ACRES BENEFITTED: 1280
REGION: 1 BASIN: Pontchartrain PARISH: Orleans
LEAD AGENCY: FWS
LOCAL SPONSOR: DEPT. OF NATURAL RESOURCES, STATE OF LA.

MILESTONES:

CSA EXECUTION: 30-Jun-1994 ( Actual )    
DESIGN COMPLETION: 02-Oct-1995 ( Actual )    
CONSTRUCTION START: 15-Apr-1996 ( Actual )    
CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: 28-May-1997 ( Actual )    
ESCROW AMENDMENT 23-Dec-1994 ( Actual ) No: 15
MONITORING PLAN APPROVAL: 21-Jun-1995 ( Actual )    
O and M PLAN APPROVAL: 19-Oct-2004 ( Actual )    
DEAUTHORIZATION DATE:      
CASH FLOW PROECTS:        
Phase 1 Approval: 19-Oct-1992 ( Actual )    
Phase 2 Approval:    

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS:

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT: 2 Cedric Richmond
STATE SENATE DISTRICT: 2 Troy E. Brown
STATE HOUSE DISTRICT: 100 Austin Badon

Point of Contact:

DEPT. OF THE INTERIOR
FISH & WILDLIFE SERVICE

Darryl Clark
Senior Field Biologist
646 Cajundome Blvd.
Suite 400
Lafayette, LA 70506
PHONES:  
Office: (337) 291-3111
Fax: (337) 291-3139

COASTAL WETLANDS PLANNING, PROTECTION AND RESTORATION ACT

PROJECT STATUS REPORT as of 18-May-2022

Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge Hydro Restoration, Phase 2

PROJECT LOCATION:

The project is located on the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Orleans Parish, 10 miles north of Chalmette, LA. It is bordered by US Hwy. 90 to the south, the Lake Pontchartrain Hurricane Protection Levee to the east, and the Maxent Canal levee to the west. The project area includes 6,900 acres of impounded fresh marsh.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

The hurricane protection levee system impounded project area marshes. Existing water control structures were unable to remove rainfall in a timely manner, resulting in excessive water levels and significant deterioration of the impounded marshes. The project increased the drainage capacity of the system, by constructing two pumping stations, to reduce water levels in the project area. The project consists of the construction of two 36-inch pumps. Operation of the pumps will maintain water levels at 0.5 feet above and below marsh elevation. The original CWPPRA-constructed pumping stations were removed by the Corps of Engineers in 2010 to enlarge the hurricane protection levees. The Corps replaced those pump stations in 2011. The 20-year project life would have ended in May 2017. In May 2015, the Task Force approved a 6-year no-cost extension to May 2023 due to in-operation of pumps post Hurricane Katrina due to the Corps' removing the initial pumps as part of maintaining the New Orleans East Hurricane Protection Levee.

PROJECT STATUS: (Project Status Last Updated: 19-Feb-2021 )

The pumps were inoperable for several years following Hurricane Katrina due to levee improvements and pump replacement. The Task Force granted a 6-year extension to the project life. The project will expire in 2023. The pumps are rarely used to manage the impoundment. The FWS is able to manage the impoundment via gravity drainage.

FUND STATUS:

The current project estimate is $1,692,552 , which includes $993,886 for construction first costs, and $281,427 and $417,239 for 20 years of monitoring and operations and maintenance, respectively.

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