EPA's Region 6 Office
Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations
On November 4, 2008, the New Orleans District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) requested that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) modify the Bayou aux Carpes Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404(c) designation to accommodate discharges to the Bayou aux Carpes wetlands associated with proposed post-Katrina upgrades to the West Bank and Vicinity Hurricane Protection Levee system in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.
The following are links to PDF documents relating to Bayou aux Carpes. Please see EPA's PDF page for additional information, and for a link to the free Acrobat Reader. Some documents have been slightly edited to reduce file size for ease of downloading. If you have questions or problems downloading some of the larger files, please contact Julia Alderete.
- 2009 Recommended Determination (PDF) [11.5MB, 284pp]
- 2009 Modifications to 1985 Final Determination (PDF) [1MB, 21pp]
West Closure Complex Floodwall Construction:
On October 7, 2009, contractors from Gulf Intracoastal Constructors (GIC) working for the New Orleans District of the Corps of Engineers cleared wetland habitat in the Bayou aux Carpes area in violation of a "no discharge" designation EPA had imposed pursuant to Clean Water Act Section 404(c). The wetlands were being cleared in preparation for the construction of a floodwall along Bayou Barataria, which will be a component of the post-Katrina storm damage risk reduction system for the greater New Orleans area. On December 7, 2009, EPA received a letter from GIC documenting remedial terms as agreed to by EPA and the National Park Service.
- December 2009 GIC Letter to EPA (PDF) [694KB, 3pp]
- Attachment (PDF) [1.2MB, 30pp]
- Bayou aux Carpes Construction and Jurisdictional Water Presentation (PDF) [5.5MB, 28pp]
- Map of Tallow Treatment Area (PDF) [608KB, 1p]