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LAFOURCHE PARISH GOVERNMENT TO MAKE RESTORE ACT MULTIYEAR IMPLEMENTATION PLAN DRAFT AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

Post Date:08/26/2015 8:18 AM

Lafourche Parish Government’s RESTORE Act Multiyear Implementation Plan draft is now available for public comment, the parish announced today, Aug. 26.

The announcement follows a presentation on the draft multiyear plan to the Lafourche Parish Council during its meeting Tuesday night, Aug. 25.

The multiyear plan is available at www.lafourchegov.org, and feedback may be submitted by emailing parishadministrator@lafourchegov.org, or via regular mail: Lafourche Parish Government RE: MYIP, P.O. Drawer 5548, Thibodaux, LA, 70302.

In addition, the parish is also holding a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the Larose Civic Center (307 E 5th St,  Larose), where the draft multiyear plan will be presented and the public will be able to submit public comments in writing for consideration.

The deadline to submit public comments is October 9, 2015.

“As a parish that has been affected so tremendously by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, we are fortunate to be able to work with those at all levels of government to help protect and restore our natural resources, economy and culture,” said Charlotte Randolph, Lafourche Parish president. “More than half a decade after this horrible disaster, we are still reminded of the sizeable impacts our parish suffered, and our desire to continue rebuilding is what makes this multiyear plan crucial in moving forward.”

According to Lafourche Parish Administrator Archie Chaisson, the public is encouraged to provide comments about the plan.

“The projects in this plan have been chosen based on the best available science, years of ongoing work and public engagement, as well as a deep understanding of our parish’s needs. We hope to have the full support of those who live and work in our community as we move forward with this plan to implement projects that restore our wetlands and protect our communities,” Chaisson said.

About the RESTORE Act:

On July 6, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act (RESTORE Act; Subtitle F of Public Law 112-141). The Act established the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund in the U.S. Treasury Department whereby eighty percent of the civil penalties paid after July 6, 2012, under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act in connection with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill will be deposited into the Trust Fund and invested. Under the Act, amounts in the Trust Fund will be available for programs, projects, and activities that restore and protect the environment and economy of the Gulf Coast region.

The RESTORE Act contains five different funding components, one of which directs 35 percent of the funds deposited into the Trust Fund to five Gulf Coast states, 23 Florida counties, and 20 Louisiana parishes including Lafourche Parish. The Direct Component is governed by the regulations at 31 C.F.R. Part 342, as well as guidance issued by the Office of Management and Budget entitled, “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards” at 78 Fed. Reg. 78,590 (December 26, 2013).

In order for Lafourche Parish to request funding under the Direct Component of the RESTORE Act, it must first develop a plan for the use of that funding. As such, the parish has developed a draft multiyear implementation plan containing a suite of projects selected for funding.
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