$2.4 million grant to benefit West Fourchon Marsh project
(Washington, D.C.) – According to a press release from U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana will be receiving a grant of almost $2.5 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to finance the West Fourchon Marsh Creation and Marsh Nourishment project.
“Louisiana’s coastline is our crucial first line of defense against hurricanes, and it's an enormously productive part of our economy and culture. This investment of nearly $2.5 million in the West Fourchon Marsh will aid in restoration and preservation for some of Louisiana’s most vulnerable marshlands, estuaries, and ports.” said Vitter.
Funds from the NOAA grant will be used to implement the West Fourchon Marsh Creation and Marsh Nourishment Project (TE-134).
Borrowing offshore sediment from the Gulf of Mexico, the project will affect 614 acres of marsh in the Terrebonne basin in Lafourche Parish by creating 302 acres of saline intertidal marsh and nourishing 312 acres of emerging marsh.
Additionally, the project will aid in protecting infrastructure and economy near Port Fourchon – an economic driver in the region. The port serves as one of the state’s primary points for servicing the Gulf of Mexico’s domestic deepwater oil and gas industries.
The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana was established by a special session of the Louisiana Legislature in December 2005 to address recovery issues following hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
The Authority partners with universities, non-profits, non-governmental organizations, businesses, and federal, local, and state governments to protect and preserve coastal lands through research, planning, and project implementation.
Posted on Fri, August 14, 2015
by The Lafourche Gazette