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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Lafourche seeks comments on coastal restoration plan

Lafourche seeks comments on coastal restoration plan

Lafourche Parish is accepting public comments on an amendment to its plan for money received for the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

The multi-year plan, which was approved by the Lafourche Parish Council in 2015, outlines five coastal restoration projects the parish intends to complete with money from BP fines.

The amendment requests $195,277 in additional BP fine money and $412,722 from the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. The parish wants to use the money to push a freshwater introduction project closer to construction.

The $8.7 million Grand Bayou Freshwater Reintroduction Project aims to increase the flow of freshwater from the Atchafalaya River into the Grand Bayou Canal via the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway from about 600 cubic feet per second to 1,600 cubic feet per second.

The project would also redirect much of the freshwater from Grand Bayou Canal into the marshes east and west of it, create 112 acres of marsh and nourish 14 acres west of the canal near LA 24.

The additional money requested would be used to push the project to “shovel ready” for construction, said Amanda Voisin, Lafourche coastal zone management administrator.

Voisin said engineering and design should be done by February 2020, but construction will have to wait for additional money.

The multi-year plan and amendment are available at Comments by April 15 may be submitted by emailing or mailing them to Lafourche Parish Government, Office of Coastal Zone Management, RE: MYIP Amendment Comments, 4876 La. 1, Mathews, LA 70375.


-- Daily Comet Staff Writer Holly Duchmann can be reached at 857-2205 or Follow her on Twitter @holly_evamarie.