Combined $30 Million to be Given to Lafourche, St. Bernard Coastal Restoration Projects

Coastal restoration projects in Lafourche and St. Bernard parishes will receive a combined $30 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA), according to a press release from U.S. Senator Dr. Bill Cassidy’s (R-LA) office.  

“Coastal erosion has cost our state hurricane protection and wetland habitats. Rebuilding the coast will mean stronger storm protections and healthier habitats for wildlife,” Cassidy said. “This funding benefits those causes.”   

Roughly $26.3 million will go toward the West Fourchon Marsh Creation and Nourishment project located in the Terrebonne Basin in Lafourche Parish in hopes to restore 537 acres of marsh and mangrove habitat east of Timbalier Bay, creating 295 acres and nourishing 242 acres. 

The North Delacrouix March Creation and Terracing project in Breton Basin in St. Bernard Parish will receive approximately $3.7 million. The goals for this project are to create and nourish about 389 acres of marsh and build more than 8,500 linear feet of terrace to help protect the Delacroix community.  

After CWPPRA was enacted in 1990, 210 coastal restoration or protection projectsbenefiting approximately 100,000 acres in Louisianahave been authorized  

The government agency NOAA’s mission is to “understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans and coasts, to share that knowledge and information with others and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.