Police Jury Awarded Coastal Impact Assistance Program Grant

The following is a press release from the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury:

The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury was awarded a Minerals Management Service grant for the Clear Marais Bank Protection Project, which is part of the State Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP). The grant was chosen earlier this month.

The $175,000 grant will be used to extend an existing rock armored shoreline stabilization structure approximately 4,100 feet to prevent continued erosion along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) bank. The structure will also prevent the encroachment of the GIWW into the marshes immediately to the north. Sediment removed for the floatation channel behind the structure will create one acre of marsh. This project meets a strict set of guidelines set by the CIAP for projects and activities for the conservation, protection or restoration of coastal areas, including wetlands.

Authorized by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Coastal Impact Assistance Program allocates and distributes $250 million annually for 2007 through 2010 to coastal states and political subdivisions with oil and gas production in Federal waters off their coastlines. The CIAP mitigates the impacts of oil and gas activities on the Outer Continental Shelf.  Additional information about CIAP can be found on MMS's website at http://www.mms.gov/offshore/CIAPmain.htm.