Parish council opposes new barge fleet in Montz

Barge fleet docked on the Mississippi River.

The St. Charles Parish Council is rejecting a permit request to moor a river barge fleet nine-tiers deep in Montz near Country Cottage Estates Subdivision.

On Councilwoman Traci Fletcher’s request, the council agreed with her concerns expressed about the fleet and with residents also objecting to it.

Fletcher asked for the support “so the quality of life can be sustained, especially with this new subdivision (Country Cottage), which has around 300 houses and growing. We just want to keep the quality of life for these people the way it is.”

Passed unanimously, the measure officially opposes issuing the permit with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Councilwoman Mary Clulee added the public can comment on the project by directly contacting the Corps of Engineers or Parish Planning Administrator Earl Matherne.

The permit request was made by Mile 131 LLC with Lanier & Associates Engineers of New Orleans representing the company. It calls for a barge fleet consisting of nine tiers of river barges that would be five barges wide secured by steel monopoles. Work would be done by a barge-mounted crane on the left descending bank of the river at about 131 miles above the Head of Passes in Montz.

Matherne told the council it’s been a long time since they’ve seen a Section 10 permit for new barge placement on the Mississippi River. In the last seven to eight years, permit requests have been renewals, mostly for maintenance.

How does this work?

  • Corps permits are necessary for any work, including construction and dredging, in the nation’s navigable waters.
  • The Corps says it makes “permit decisions that recognize the essential values of the Nation’s aquatic ecosystems to the general public, as well as the property rights of private citizens who want to use their land.”
  • In the permit process, the Corps considers input from federal, state and local agencies, interest groups and the public.
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