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Engineering will start on two coastal restoration projects in south Lafourche

Engineering will start on two coastal restoration projects in south Lafourche

THIBODAUX, LA — Engineering will start on two coastal restoration projects in south Lafourche after a state-federal task force approved paying their design costs.

In late January, The Courier reports the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act task force voted to spend $4 million to engineer an arc of wetlands east of Leeville and $3 million to design a Caminada Headlands back barrier marsh creation project.

The East Leeville Marsh Creation project will build wetlands along the north side of Southwestern Canal, Lake Jesse and the west side of South Lake to protect Leeville from southeasterly winds and tides.

The project will cost a total of $35 million and should create 358 acres of marsh and nourish an additional 124 acres of saline marsh east of Leeville.

The Caminada Headlands marsh creation project should create 246 acres of back barrier intertidal marsh and nourish 198 acres of emergent marsh using material dredged from the Gulf of Mexico.

The task force also approved a combined $9.3 million to engineer a Barataria Bay rim marsh creation project to restore wetlands along Bayou St. Dennis and Mud Lake north of Grand Isle, an Oyster Lake marsh creation and nourishment project in Cameron Parish and a Fritchie marsh creation and terracing project east of Slidell along Lake Pontchartrain.