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Sunday, July 21, 2019

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Second phase of dredging project to begin

Second phase of dredging project to begin

The Bayou Lafourche Fresh Water District (BLFWD) has awarded a contract for 8.3 miles of dredging in Bayou Lafourche between Belle Rose and Napoleonville.

Work could begin very soon on the $15 million project.

This is the second phase of a large-scale project to increase Mississippi River water flow into Bayou Lafourche and improve water quality for over 300,000 residents who depend on the Bayou for drinking water.

The first phase of the dredging project included nearly six miles from Donaldsonville to Belle Rose and was completed in 2011.

This second project would pick up where the first left off.

Funding is provided by the Coastal Impact Assistance Program, which sends money from offshore energy production back to the state for coastal projects.

According to the Daily Comet, over the past year, engineers have been surveying and collecting data on land surrounding the proposed dredging section. Nearly 800,000 cubic yards of mud will be dredged and officials have been working with landowners on agreements to dispose the material.

Bayou Lafourche is the primary water source for thousands ofbusinesses including Port Fourchon.