WASHINGTON–U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced $24,831,325 in grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana for three projects to create and nourish marsh habitat, build terraces and restore ridge habitat along Louisiana’s coast. Altogether, 1,309 acres of marsh will be created or nourished.
“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.”
$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.