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FEMA Section 106 Notices for Louisiana
"Public Notice Regarding Section 106 and NEPA Review of Disaster-Related Repairs to Fort Jackson, 220 Hebert Harvey Drive, Buras, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana through the Development of Secondary Programmatic Agreement
Seeking Public Comment
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Public Notice Regarding Section 106 and NEPA Review of Disaster-Related Repairs to Fort Jackson, 220 Hebert Harvey Drive, Buras, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana through the Development of Secondary Programmatic Agreement
Seeking Public Comment


Figure 1. Aerial view of Fort Jackson, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. (2012)
Figure 1. Aerial view of Fort Jackson, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. (2012)

Photograph 1. View of Fort Jackson Sallyport and Moat, facing East. (FEMA, 2012)
Photograph 1. View of Fort Jackson Sallyport and Moat, facing East. (FEMA, 2012)

Photograph 2.  View of Fort Jackson Casemates from the Parade, facing North. (FEMA, 2012)
Photograph 2. View of Fort Jackson Casemates from the Parade, facing North. (FEMA, 2012)

Photograph 3.  View of Fort Jackson Battery Millar, facing North. (FEMA, 2012)
Photograph 3. View of Fort Jackson Battery Millar, facing North. (FEMA, 2012)

The high winds and heavy rains of Hurricanes Katrina and Isaac and the subsequent widespread flooding damaged many structures in Plaquemines Parish, LA. In the aftermath of the hurricanes, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is issuing this public notice as part of its responsibilities under the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's (ACHP) regulations, 36 CFR Part 800, implementing Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (NHPA). FEMA has also decided to utilize the NHPA Section 106 review process to coordinate its responsibilities, including public outreach, required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This notice applies to activities carried out by the Public Assistance (PA) program implemented under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C.5152-5206.

Plaquemines Parish Government (PPG) has applied for FEMA Public Assistance funds to repair storm-related damage at Fort Jackson.

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), 44 CFR Part 10: FEMA is required to follow the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations (NEPA Regulations, 43 FR 55978 (1978)) that provide policy and procedures to enable FEMA officials to be informed of and take into account environmental considerations when authorizing or approving major FEMA actions that may significantly affect the environment in the United States. It is the intent of NEPA that federal agencies encourage and facilitate public involvement to the extent practicable in decisions that may affect the quality of the environment.

National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), 36 CFR Part 800: The regulations at 36 CFR Part 800 require FEMA, as the funding agency, to identify if Fort Jackson is listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP); to assess the effects the proposed repairs will have on historic properties; and to seek ways to ensure that planned and future FEMA-funded repairs avoid, minimize, or mitigate any adverse effects.

Fort Jackson is a decommissioned military fort located in Plaquemines Parish on the west bank of the Mississippi River approximately 70 miles south of New Orleans and approximately 40 miles upriver from the mouth of the Mississippi. It is a star-shaped fort with 5 bastions and was constructed primarily of brick masonry between 1822 and 1832 on the advice of General Andrew Jackson following the War of 1812. The fort saw little action until the Civil War when it and Fort St. Phillip on the east bank of the Mississippi were besieged by the fleet of Union Admiral David Farragut from April 16 - 28, 1861. On April 24, 1861 many of Farragut's ships successfully passed the forts and went on to capture New Orleans. The fort was abandoned in 1922 and became private property in 1927. The property was donated to Plaquemines Parish in 1960. Fort Jackson was recognized as a National Historic Landmark on December 19, 1960 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 1, 1967. Fort Jackson also contains NRHP eligible archaeological resources associated with the occupation and use of the fort that have been recorded as archaeological site number 16PL38.

FEMA has determined the proposed repairs have the potential to adversely affect Fort Jackson, and FEMA will fulfill its responsibilities under Sections 106 and 110(f) of the NHPA through the development and implementation of a Secondary Programmatic Agreement (2PA). The 2PA will include a process that establishes standards for the proposed repairs and provides for the review of plans and specifications as they are developed in order to avoid, minimize, or mitigate any potential adverse effects of the proposed Undertaking. FEMA is seeking input from members of the public on ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate the potential Adverse Effects.

Any member of the public is encouraged to provide views on this project to FEMA. FEMA will accept and consider public comments on NEPA related issues as a part of the Section 106 review. Comments can be submitted to FEMA for a 15-day period beginning on January 23, 2013 by posting online at: http://www.crt.state.la.us/culturalassets/fema106/index.asp or sending a letter through the mail to:

FEMA Mail Center
Historic Preservation
1 Seine Court, 1st Floor Mail Room
New Orleans, LA 70114

If mailed, comments and requests must be postmarked by February 7, 2013.