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And, I’m trying to find a map of Louisiana that shows land ownership by public agencies, like the WLF and ACoE, if any of you come across something like that… thanks.

Corps may buy out coastal Miss. towns, encourage residents to move inland

02 Oct 2007

The Army Corps of Engineers is seeking support from three coastal Mississippi counties for a proposal to buy out 17,000 homes and encourage residents to move inland. The Corps generally reserves buyouts for areas prone to river flooding; the new proposal is an indication that the U.S. may be seriously considering the risk of sea-level rise, coastal erosion, and stronger hurricanes. Intentions of safety aside, resistance to the voluntary project is high. “The whole concept of trying to remove people and properties from the coast is very, very challenging,” says Susan Rees of the Corps. “The desire to live by the water is strong.” Also strong: the ire of residents who rebuilt their homes after Hurricane Katrina, only to learn that the government was considering turning their neighborhood into wetlands. The Corps hopes to present its plan, which also includes restoration of barrier islands and other flood-protection measures, at the end of the year for congressional approval.

source: L.A. Times


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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is a division of the U.S. Army. They deal with military design and construction and Interagency and International Services design and construction management support. We are most familiar down here with their involvement in the planning, designing, building and operating of water resources and other civil works projects: navigation, flood control, environmental protection and disaster response. The Corps is organized geographically into eight divisions in the U.S. and forty-one sub-districts through U.S., Asia and Europe. The Maurepas Swamp WMA falls into the Mississippi Valley Division, New Orleans District. The mission of this district is to provide for navigation, flood and hurricane protection, environmental stewardship, and other water resource needs to benefit the people of southern Louisiana and the nation.

The Maurepas Swamp Diversion is actually more of an EPA (environmental protection agency) and DNR (department of natural resources) project, although the “Louisiana Coastal Restoration Collocated Team” is named such because many government agencies are collocated, or working together, including the Corps, EPA and DNR. Maurepas Swamp is becoming open water/fresh marsh and this freshwater diversion from the Mississippi river may help reverse this.  The DNR and EPA websites have some interesting info, maps…

Louisiana Coastal Restoration Study by Army Corps of Engineers: http://www.lca.gov/lcafactsheet15jan05tempv2.pdf

Addedndum to Ecosystem Restoration Report by Army Corps of Engineers: http://www.lca.gov/nearterm/lca_add.pdf

My friends Jason and Rob worked on the water quality report for the Maurepas Swamp Diversion area (they work for wildlife and fisheries), Jason has been out of town but I will talk to him as soon as he gets back and get as much info from him for us as I can. http://dnr.louisiana.gov/crm/coastres/projectdata/po29/epa_report/attachment_

f_nutrients.pdf -m.

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I went to the map library and talked to my ol’ pal John Andersen, who says the easiest and cheapest way for us to get topo maps will be through the Atlas Search on the LSU website. I was having trouble finding what I need online, so he showed me the index map and found the sheet names of the areas we’re looking in. I’ve posted this info on the board with a quad map of sorts. The size you’re looking for is 1:24k; the main sheet names for our area are, west to east, “Mount Airy NW,” “Mount Airy NE” and “Ruddock.” Two other adjoining southern sheets are “Lutcher” and “Reserve.” Hope this helps those of you who were looking for topos. If you want hard copies, John says to go to the Department of Transportation. It’s cheaper than getting them here. If you have LSU letterhead saying it’s for school, it’s even cheaper at the DOTD. Otherwise, online’s the best bet and having these sheet names will help a lot.

Also, TerraServer has aerial photos of the area.  -m.

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