Project No. 2015-03

Location: Iberia Parish, LA

Contract Value: $320,025

Completion Date: June 2016

Owner/POC: Iberia Parish Levee District / 300 Iberia Street, Suite 410, New Iberia, LA 70560 /

Project Specific Disciplines

  • Environmental Planning
  • Permitting
  • Public Outreach
  • Coastal Engineering
  • RESTORE Act consulting
  • Data Analysis and Management
  • Scheduling
  • Water Restoration Planning

Royal Engineers & Consultants, LLC (Royal) enhanced the existing rudimentary Master Plan (MP) of the Iberia Parish Levee, Hurricane, & Conservation District (Iberia LHCD) in order to create a clear vision forward through detailed protection projects, project phasing, researching and leverage available funding sources, and identifying permitting needs.

As part of the project, Royal updated the 26-mile earthen levee project in the existing MP and created a Phasing plan which divided the MP and clearly defined the scope of each phase, the most beneficial construction sequence, and the probable cost of each phase. As part of updating the Master Plan, Royal also performed permitting work in priority phases including delineating wetlands, performing site surveys, conducting endangered species and cultural resources investigations, and preparing permit drawings. Once the phasing plan was complete, Royal determined how much advanced permitting to complete and developed a more defined scope.

Royal also worked to identify all potential funding sources, determined the steps needed to acquire funding, and researched the eligibility of available funds for Master Plan implementation. Royal then advocated for funding for the Iberia LHCD and produced a strategy to acquire those funds for the project implementation. The funding sources included but were not limited to funds related to the BP Oil Spill, Community Development Block Grants, and funds such as the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act.

To ensure acceptance with the proposed alignment, Royal reviewed the phasing plan for consistency with the CPRA South Central Study and other relevant studies and facilitated meetings with all relevant Federal, State, and local agencies and stakeholders to identify roles, responsibilities, and requirements of each. Royal also held public meetings, prepared and distributed technical information to the public, prepared presentations, and received and incorporated public comments on the Master Plan.