Panel Advances Cameron Parish, Other Proposed Coastal Restoration Projects

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ A federal coastal restoration task force will be asked in October to approve $8.6 million in planning money for four projects in Orleans, Terrebonne, Lafourche, Cameron and Vermilion parishes.

A committee charged with making recommendations to the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act Task Force has approved the projects.

The task force will meet to discuss the list October 18th in New Orleans.

The recommended projects include:

  • Alligator Bend Marsh Restoration and Shoreline Protection. Dredged dirt would be used to build 330 acres of marsh, and marsh vegetation would be planted along 38,000 feet of Lake Borgne shoreline. The project, which eventually would cost an estimated $19.6 million dollars, would fill in more than 400 acres of area that has become an area of open water, largely because of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Southwest Louisiana Gulf Shoreline Nourishment and Protection. About 4.9 million cubic yards of dirt would be placed along 48,000 feet of coastline in Cameron and Vermilion parishes.
  • Madison Bay Marsh Creation and Terracing. Dredged dirt would be used to build 417 acres of marsh and 24,600 feet of terraces north of Madison Bay in Terrebonne Parish.
  • West Belle Pass Barrier Headland Restoration. About 300 acres of marsh, beach and dunes would be rebuilt west of Belle Pass in Lafourche Parish.

If the task force agrees to the projects, as expected, the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service and the state Department of Natural Resources would choose a contractor and oversee the work.