FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Marc Stevens, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, 225-337-6500, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion Draft Environmental Impact Statement Will Be Delayed
CRCL Encouraging State to Make Up Time Elsewhere
(BATON ROUGE, LA— March 20, 2019) – Today, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) announced the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion will be delayed several months due to a variety of factors including the recent government shutdown and quality assurance and quality control, according to a CPRA presentation at their monthly board meeting. In response, the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana’s Executive Director, Kimberly Davis Reyher, released the following statement.
“Sediment diversions are critical to the survival of coastal Louisiana,” said Reyher. “We have been advocating for their construction for over thirty years. We have followed and supported the extensive scientific research that has been done over the decades to study the potential effects of these diversions.
“Although we are disappointed with this news that the draft EIS will be delayed we are supportive of the best available science being used to design this diversion. We are confident that the best science and modeling will be included in the draft EIS when it is released. We hope that the state will look to make up delays in other parts of the timeline to get ground broken on this diversion as soon as possible.
“The state’s sediment diversions are the cornerstones of the Coastal Master Plan. Their construction and operation are vital to rebuilding coastal Louisiana.”
CRCL is a non-partisan, non-profit organization driving bold, science-based action to restore coastal Louisiana through outreach, restoration, and advocacy. CRCL was founded in 1988 and is the state’s oldest and most comprehensive coastal restoration organization. Visit crcl.org.