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Subject: [LA-LGHS] Group Think - What other questions should be asked withregards to relocation of 9 cemeteries?
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 12:10:07 -0700 (PDT)

Date: Tuesday, July 8, 2008, 10:12 AM

Dear Louisiana Genealogy Societies, mailing lists, and Groups;
other cemeteries in Louisiana have been relocated and where can I find
more information about the process of relocating a cemetery?  It
appears that 9 cemeteries in Washington Parish will be affected and
possibly relocated due to a reservior project.

Can anyone
think of any other obvious questions that should be addressed with the likelihood of nine cemeteries requiring relocation?


Louisiana Genealogy Blogs
louisianagenealogyb . com

following is a draft letter that pertains to the above question and is
in preparation for public comment pending the September 08 Draft EIS
completion.  Please note that there is NO mention of the nine
cemeteries in the DOD Statement attached below the letter.


Department of

Department of the Army

Corps of Engineers

Karen Dove-Jackson

Vicksburg District

Corps of Engineers

4155 Clay Street, CEMVK-OD-FE

Vicksburg, MS  39183-3435

RE:  Questions for the proposal and draft EIS, Washington Parish, Louisiana

Dear Karen Dove Jackson,

the proposed action and the Draft EIS discuss the long-term plan for
the preservation of the nine historical cemeteries affected?

the State of Louisiana Department of Culture Recreation and Tourism,
Louisiana Unmarked Burial Sites Board been notified of the proposed
action and the Draft EIS?

Will local historians, genealogist,
archaeologists and Save Our Cemeteries offer impact statements
concerning the nine cemeteries affected?

Louisiana Cemeteries

Excerpt April 11, 2008 via the Internet from: 16653 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 61
/ Friday, March 28, 2008 / Notices


Department of the Army; Corps of


Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

for the Potable Water Supply for

Washington Parish Reservoir, Project

AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S.

Army Corps of Engineers, DOD.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

SUMMARY: The study area comprises

Washington Parish in southeast

Louisiana. Washington Parish currently

consumes approximately 40 million

gallons of water daily, 70 percent of

which is supplied by groundwater.

Decreasing groundwater levels

(quantity) and groundwater quality, in

combination with forecasted growth

within the Parish require alternative

water supplies to be developed. The

purpose of the project is to identify a

new water supply to address the

and future potable water demands of

Washington Parish. The Local Project

Sponsor is the Washington Parish

Reservoir Commission.

DATES: A public scoping meeting will be

held on April 10, 2008 at 5:30 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The public scoping meeting

will be held in Bogalusa, LA at the

Bogalusa City Hall, 202 Arkansas

Avenue, Bogalusa, LA 70427.


Questions about the proposed action

and Draft EIS should be directed to:

Karen Dove-Jackson at (601) 631-7136,

Vicksburg District, Corps of Engineers,

4155 Clay Street, CEMVK-OD-FE,

Vicksburg, MS 39183-3435.


to Louisiana House Bill 216, 2003

Regular Session, the Louisiana

Legislature created the Washington

Parish Reservoir Commission as a State

Entity. This law gives the

Parish Reservoir Commission the power

to obtain land needed for the reservoir

pursuant to the State of Louisiana's

principle of eminent domain, and in

accordance with the Louisiana Laws

and Revised Statutes for this principle.

1. The Washington Parish Reservoir

Commission completed a site selection

study (January 2005) to determine a

recommended best source of future

potable water for Washington Parish.

The study concluded that creation of a

surface water reservoir by damming

Bogalusa Creek was the most desirable.

The Washington Parish Reservoir

Commission subsequently completed a

preliminary engineering report

(December 2006) that presented

preliminary design, planning level costs

estimates, and preliminary construction

plans for a water supply reservoir.

Based upon review of the site

report, the Corps concluded that the

proposed project had the potential for

significant impacts to the human and

natural environment. The National

Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

requires the preparation of an EIS for

proposals that are subject to federal

funding, control, responsibility and

permitting, and which have the

potential for significant impacts. The

proposed project would affect wetlands,

which are regulated by the Corps, and

require a permit to comply with Section

404 of the Clean Water Act. Because the

proposed project would require federal

involvement, it is subject to NEPA.

Preliminary alternatives being

considered include construction of a

new surface water supply reservoir,

construction of distribution systems to

make available existing surface water

supplies, and increased
use of


2. The Southern Hills Aquifer system

supplies Washington Parish with

potable water. The Southern Hills

Aquifer system is one of the most

heavily pumped aquifers in Louisiana,

supplying 290 million gallons per day

for consumption. Recent studies

indicate that the Southern Hills Aquifer

system is supplying more water

annually than it can sustain, and water

levels in the aquifer are dropping as

much as one foot annually. In addition

to aquifer water levels, the water quality

of the aquifer is also declining.

3. A public scoping meeting will be

held (see DATES and ADDRESSES).

Significant issues identified during this

scoping process will be analyzed in

depth in the Draft EIS.

4. Upon completion, the Draft EIS will

be distributed for agency and public

review and comment.
Additionally, a

public meeting will be held to present

results of the Draft EIS evaluations and

the recommended plan.

5. The Draft EIS is estimated to be

completed in September 2008.

Brenda S. Bowen,

Army Federal Register Liaison Officer.

[FR Doc. E8-6447 Filed 3-27-08; 8:45 am]


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