Plaquemines Parish Government Awarded $41 Million Dollars for Coastal Project
The project would result in 297 net acres over the 20-year project life.
The project goal is to restore 392 acres of marsh in the open water areas between Bayou la Croix and River aux Chênes through the placement of dredged material via hydraulic dredging. This project will work synergistically with projects to the east by creating continuity with the Breton Landbridge Marsh Creation (West) Project (BS-38) and the Mid Breton Landbridge Marsh Creation and Terracing Project (BS-32). Both projects are currently in engineering/design.
Service goals include restoration/protection of habitat for threatened and endangered species and other at-risk species. This project would restore habitat potentially utilized by the black rail, which is proposed for listing as a threatened species.
“Plaquemines Parish Government would like to thank our state and federal partners, as well as Director John Helmers, for their efforts in moving these projects forward. This win is a great stride in coastal projects to moderate storm surge while protecting our levee systems, and advocating for more productivity in our parish fishing communities,” states Parish President Kirk Lepine.
The Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration (CWPPRA) Technical Committee approved Phase 1 (engineering/design) funding for the Phoenix East Marsh Creation, (estimated total cost of $41.6 million).