Van Ness Feldman Celebrates CPRA Milestone as Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion Project Breaks Ground

August 10, 2023

Van Ness Feldman proudly congratulates its client, the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), on the groundbreaking for the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion Project. The Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion Project represents a landmark effort in safeguarding Louisiana's coastal regions from the impacts of erosion and rising sea levels. By harnessing the power of natural sediment and freshwater diversions, this visionary project aims to rejuvenate wetlands, enhance wildlife habitats, and fortify the state's natural defenses against storms and flooding.

Van Ness Feldman worked closely with CPRA on this project, playing an instrumental role in securing the necessary permitting for this groundbreaking initiative on restoration and protection of Louisiana's precious coastal ecosystems.

"We are proud to have assisted in bringing the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion Project to this stage and extend our heartfelt congratulations to the Louisiana CPRA for the leadership and coordination it provides to restore our coastal lands and resources," said former Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, Senior Policy Advisor at Van Ness Feldman. "We are honored to have played a pivotal role in expediting needed permits for this project. The firm is dedicated to supporting projects like this one that contribute to the sustainable future of our coastal environments."

In addition, Van Ness Feldman Land Use partner, Molly Lawrence, remarked, “It was a tremendous opportunity and honor to help guide the federal permitting process for this largest of its kind environmental restoration project. This was the first restoration project to take advantage of the benefits of the FAST Act. With the help of the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council (FPISC), the State was able to bring five different federal agencies together and get both the project permitting and funding over the finish line. Participating in the groundbreaking today was remarkable!"

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