Dredging creates marshland near Black Lake in Cameron Parish - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Dredging creates marshland near Black Lake in Cameron Parish

CAMERON, LA (KPLC) - The Calcasieu Parish Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) in conjunction with the State CIAP are currently working on a major project that will create 330 acres of marsh-land from dredged sediments from the Calcasieu River and Pass.

The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, the Port of Lake Charles, and the Corp of Engineers are only a few of the agencies building the marsh in Cameron Parish.

This summer the agencies began using dredge materials from Calcasieu River to pump into the Black Lake area in the northwest corner of the parish. 

"We use these marshlands to help protect us from hurricanes and storm surges," said Pam Mattingly, Assistant Director of Planning with the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury. "If you don't have marshes and if you just have open water area then you have little protection, so it helps to sustain our coast here in Louisiana."

The pipeline is ten miles long, making it the longest distance ever pumped by the Corps of Engineers' New Orleans District.

The project is expected to be complete sometime in the next couple months.

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