Environmental Featured Project
Project Name: Cameron Parish Holly Beach Restoration
This project was for the restoration of approximately 8.7 miles of eroding beach by depositing beach-compatible sand extracted from offshore borrow pits. Providence conducted a Biological Assessment (BA) in compliance with Section 7(a)(2) of the Endangered Species Act which included reporting and pedestrian surveys (prior to and during construction) for piping plover. Surveys were conducted along the entire 8.7-mile shoreline to assist with determination of potential impacts of the proposed project. The BA focused on piping plovers, but also included sea turtles, gulf sturgeon and West Indian manatees. As required by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, Providence completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) which analyzed potential impacts associated with the proposed project for issuance of a non-competitive negotiated agreement to CPRA for use of offshore sand resources. Assessment also involved an alternatives analysis of the proposed project on physical, biological, cultural and socio-economic resources. Providence provided regulatory compliance services as well, specifically Office of Coastal Management Coastal Use and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Section 10/404 permitting.