Good news for Southeast Louisiana: Close to $25 million in grants were given today to Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana.
U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) sent out a news release announcing the grants, given from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to the CPRA of Louisiana.
The amount of the grants totals $24.8 million and it will go for three projects in the state designed to create and nourish marsh habitat, build terraces and restore ridge habitat along Louisiana's coast.
Altogether, once complete, 1,309 acres of marsh will be created or nourished by the projects.
“It is vital that we protect local communities and industries along our coast,” said Dr. Cassidy. “Securing funding like this is essential to restore our dissolving coastline. I thank the Trump administration for their support of our costal restoration efforts.”
More than $19 million of those funds will help make Terrebonne Parish safer.
A total of $19,034,024 will go toward the Bayou Decade Ridge and Marsh Creation, Phase 2 Project. The project is located in Region 3 in the Terrebonne Basin, Terrebonne Parish, Lake Merchant Mapping Unit.
The goal is to restore 11,131 linear feet of ridge habitat along the northern bank of Bayou Decade and create 390 acres, while also nourishing about 90 acres of intermediate marsh.
The breakdown of funding is listed below.
$19,034,024 will go toward the Bayou Decade Ridge and Marsh Creation, Phase 2 project. The project is located in Region 3, Terrebonne Basin, Terrebonne Parish, Lake Merchant Mapping Unit. The goals are to restore 11,131 linear feet of ridge habitat along the northern bank of Bayou De Cade and create 390 acres and nourish approximately 90 acres of intermediate marsh.
$2,986,339 will go toward the Breton Landbridge Marsh Creation (West), Phase I project. The project is located in Regional Planning Unit No. 2, Breton Basin, St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. The goals are to restore 423 acres of marshes and bank lines along the south side of Grand Lake, which would create 326 acres and nourish 97 acres.
$2,810,962 will go toward the East Delacroix Marsh Creation and Terracing, Phase I project. The project is located in Regional Planning Unit No. 2, Breton Basin, St. Bernard Parish. The goals are to create and nourish approximately 406 acres of marsh and construct approximately 12,950 linear feet of terrace (about 8 acres) utilizing a layout to help protect the community of Delacroix.