What is the status of the Barrier Island restoration?
A. The initial construction phase including placement of 500,000 cubic yards of sand on West Ship Island’s north shore is complete. Planting on the north shore is in progress and the remainder of the project is in the design phase.
B. Notice of Availability of Draft Supplement to Environmental Impact Statement initiates 45-day public review. Comments are due no later than 21 April 2014. These comments will be addressed in a Final SEIS which is tentatively scheduled for public release in mind June.
C. A public meeting will be scheduled for the 1st week of April to provide an opportunity to answer any questions which interested stakeholders may have based on their review of the draft SEIS. Please check back for specific date and location.
D. Ship Island is the preliminary focus of the restoration schedule beginning with the closure of Camille Cut in November 2014. Restoration of Ship Island is estimated to take approximately 2.5 years.