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Lafourche Parish to benefit greatly from coastal contract award

Lafourche Parish to benefit greatly from coastal contract award

Mathews, LA – A $145.7 million contract has been awarded for the construction of the second increment of the Caminada Headland Beach and Dune project in Lafourche Parish, the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority announced this week.

The Caminada Headland project will add further value to the construction currently occurring on the headland, which is scheduled for completion this year.

The second increment will produce 489 acres of beach and dune habitat, while restoring seven miles of beach.
All together, the first and second increments are expected to restore 13 total miles of beach and 792 acres of beach and dune habitat.

When totaling up the financial and ecological value of the first and second increments plus the West Belle Pass Restoration and future East Timbalier project, these projects represent $250 million in restoration dollars being spent in Lafourche.

“This announcement comes on the heels of the updated economic study of the port which confirms that business at the port is booming. Protecting our coastline and shoring up our defenses near Port Fourchon is critical to our sustainability as a parish,” Parish President Charlotte Randolph said when talking about both the largest construction contract awarded and largest restoration project undertaken in the history of the coastal program.

The restoration of the Caminada Headland is another example of substantial work that has been completed around the protective perimeter of the Barataria Basin since 2007.

Additional work in the Barataria Basin should begin as early as 2015 on Shell Island West and Chenier Ronquille as part of Deepwater Horizon restoration efforts.

“The Caminada Headland project is an example of the great strides we are making in our coastal program to get dollars on the ground quickly and efficiently to effect change. Building on past successes has prepared us to implement the bigger, bolder projects needed to create a sustainable footprint for Coastal Louisiana – projects like Caminada.” said executive director of the CPRA, Kyle Graham, in a statement released by the CPRA on Wednesday.

The Caminada Headland restoration also represents the first time in Louisiana that sand has been dredged from an offshore shoal in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico to restore habitat on a barrier shoreline. More than 8-million cubic yards of sand is being dredged and transported from Ship Shoal, an offshore borrow site 27 miles away in the Gulf of Mexico.

“Utilizing offshore sand sources is a major accomplishment,” Brad Miller, CPRA Project Manager, further stated in a release issued by the CPRA about the project. “Ship Shoal contains large amounts of barrier island compatible sand and provides a reliable source of sand from outside the system for current and future barrier island projects.”

Funding for a portion of this project comes from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, which was established by NFWF in the days and months preceding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to manage funds resulting from the settlement of federal criminal charges against BP and Transocean.

Louisiana has previously directed $40 million in surplus state funding and $30 million in Coastal Impact Assistance Program funding toward construction of the first increment of the Caminada Headland project.

For more information about the CPRA and its current projects such as the Caminada Headland Beach and Dune project in Lafourche Parish, visit