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CPRA partners with Grand Isle on protection project

CPRA partners with Grand Isle on protection project


BATON ROUGE -The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) has signed a partnership agreement with the Grand Isle Independent Levee District to close a large gap in the protective breakwater alignment on the bayside of Grand Isle.

The estimated $6.5 million project will be fully funded by the CPRA.

The Levee District will manage the construction of segmented breakwaters, closing an approximately one-mile gap in protection infrastructure along the island.

CPRA Board Chairman Chip Kline and David Camardelle signed the Intergovernmental Agreement in Baton Rouge days after the passage of Hurricane Barry. Camardelle is Mayor of Grand Isle and President of the Grand Isle Independent Levee District.

“There is no place along our coast that is more vulnerable to storm surge than Grand Isle,” said Kline. “This investment agreement we signed today is part of our continued commitment to the protection of the residents of our only inhabited barrier island.”

The Levee District will construct an access channel and lay down an estimated 28,651 square yards of geotextile fabric on the bayside water bottom as the base for 62,426 tons of rock riprap that will form 17 breakwater structures, each measuring 350 feet in length. An additional segment will be placed adjacent to the Highway 1 Bridge at the entrance to Grand Isle.

Camardelle expects construction to begin in September.

“We thank CPRA for helping us move this much-needed project forward,” said Camardelle. “These breakwaters will complete the existing chain of bayside breakwaters that provide protection to the back side of the island and enhance our coastal habitat.”

CPRA Executive Director Bren Haase said the state recognizes the importance of Grand Isle and the entire vicinity, pointing out nearly $400 million in projects completed, in progress, or soon to come.

“We’ve built rock breakwaters on Fifi Island, and construction should start soon on the rock breakwaters on the Gulf side of Grand Isle. Great improvements are coming to Grand Isle State Park. In the surrounding area we’ve reconstructed the beaches and dunes on Caminada and Elmer’s Island, and will soon be restoring the marsh behind Elmer’s Island. And there’s more to come, including important projects to restore Queen Bess Island and West Grand Terre.”