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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Marsh creation and ridge restoration funding approved for Lafourche

Marsh creation and ridge restoration funding approved for Lafourche

The Department of the Treasury has approved $514,630 in funding for the preliminary engineering and design of the Barataria Marsh Creation and Ridge Restoration Projects in Lafourche Parish.

“Both projects represent an important step forward in the Lafourche Parish Multiyear Implementation Plan and all the regional plans around coastal restoration and protection that complement it at the state and federal level,” said Mary Patricia Wray – Owner Top Drawer Strategies.

“I would like to thank Mrs. Wray for her work with the state on behalf of Lafourche Parish Government. She is instrumental in the process of securing these types of funds to rebuild Louisiana’s coastline,” said Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle.

“The Barataria Marsh Creation and Ridge Restoration project will receive $434,760 towards the goal of re-establishing emergent wetlands in the western Barataria Basin, an area that has seen catastrophic land loss. The Grand Bayou Freshwater Reintroduction project will receive $79,870, with the aim of increasing the flow of freshwater into the marshes south of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway along Grand Bayou Canal,” explained Amanda Voisin, Coastal Zone Management Administrator for Lafourche Parish Government.

Congressman Garret Graves made this announcement recently via Facebook and noted that: “These funds are a result of the BP settlement related to the Deepwater Horizon Disaster. Looking forward to more construction on this project,” said Graves.