The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold an open house and public meeting Tuesday to give updates on how the corps proposes to mitigate habitat impacts caused by the building of the West Bank and Vicinity part of the greater New Orleans levee system.
The public meeting will begin with an informational open house and be followed by a brief presentation during which the corps will describe the criteria used to identify the proposed sites. The Corps’ mitigation team evaluated more than 400 possible mitigation sites, many of which were suggested by community members. Proposed mitigation measures will compensate for impacts caused by construction of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway West Closure Complex, Mississippi River Co-located levees, Eastern Tie-In, Harvey to Westwego Levee, Lake Cataouatche Levee, Bayou Segnette Floodgate Complex and Western Tie-In including associated government furnished borrow sites located in Plaquemines, Jefferson and St. Charles parishes.
Mitigation is when restoration projects are done to make up for habitat such as wetlands that were damaged during a construction project.
The open house will run from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday followed by the corps presentation at the Westwego Ernest Tassin Senior Center, 701 4th St., Westwego.