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Ceremony dedicates new Saltwater Control Structure in Lockport

Ceremony dedicates new Saltwater Control Structure in Lockport

Mathews, LA – Local, parish and state officials were on hand Thursday morning in Lockport to dedicate the recently completed Bayou Lafourche Saltwater Control Structure.

The project, with a price tag of approximately $4.1 million, is a combination gate/weir capable of preventing saltwater intrusion from moving up the bayou, while also designed to act as a weir and form a reservoir on the north side of the structure.

It has been a number of years in the making, with original funding cut at the state level through budget constraints. Monies were then located through a number of sources including the Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) through the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA).

In remarks at the ceremony, Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle, who also sits as a board member of the CPRA, praised the work of the numerous agencies in completion of the project.

“Thanks to everyone, past and present, who strived to see this important work through to completion. Although this structure has had its ups and down, it’s an important part of the effort to control saltwater intrusion,” said Cantrelle.

Lafourche Parish Council member Michael Gros also praised the work, as he noted its importance to stem the flow of salt water northward and the cooperation between all the agencies that had a hand in its design and construction.

“This project serves as an excellent example of what can happen when entities work together for a common goal. Let’s hope we can work together like this moving forward,” he said. “This structure has been a long time coming and it’s an important step in the many improvements taking place to improve Bayou Lafourche,” said Councilman Armand “Noonie” Autin.

“This work shows the commitment everyone has to try and improve the quality of life for people in our area,” said Councilman Daniel Lorraine.

“Let’s hope we never have to use it to stem the flow of salt water,” said Ben Malbrough, Executive Director of the Bayou Lafourche Fresh Water District.

The structure is currently owned and operated by Lafourche Parish Government, however those responsibilities will be transferred to the Bayou Lafourche Fresh Water District in 2017.