WDSU News – Plaquemines Parish President Amos Cormier III and the state are at odds over a massive coastal restoration plan. At a news conference Thursday, Cormier called the state’s plan an experiment. State officials are looking to build a massive system to put sediment from the Mississippi River into Myrtle Grove, in an effort to protect the coast. The sediment and water would flow through an opening in the levee, mixing fresh and salt water. State officials said this will better protect the coastline that is being washed away, but Cormier said it will make the situation worse. He said the land could be better protected by dredging and building land around the area. Cormier said the mixing of fresh and salt water will kill the seafood industry. “We don’t want Plaquemines and the residents to bear these hidden costs,” Cormier said. “The biggest problem is that some of the science is being omitted.”
“I don’t know that I would agree that it is experimental. It is based on a solid science foundation. We have models and efforts that have gone into it,” Megan K. Terrell, representing the governor’s office, said.
The price tag for the proposed project is about $1.4 billion, officials said.