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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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Storm protection project begins near Port Fourchon

Storm protection project begins near Port Fourchon

A storm protection project that will help fortify parts of Lafourche against storm surge has finally begun.

The long-awaited Caminada Headland beach restoration project, that aims to restore six miles of beach and dunes on Fourchon Beach from La. 3090 east to Elmer’s Island, began Monday.

The projected cost of $70 million came in with a low bid of $55.5 million. Archie Chaisson, parish administrator and former coastal zone manager said the extra money is being used for more restoration work on the headland.

The Caminada Headland includes Fourchon Beach from Belle Pass to Caminada Pass near Grand Isle.

The Daily Comet reports the project will use about 5 million cubic yards of material dredged at the Ship Shoal with a hopper barge. That material is being pumped 27 miles to the beach. It will be used to build dunes 6 feet tall and to build 65 new feet of beach in front of those dunes.

The project should take about six months.

The Caminada Headland has some of the highest rates of shoreline erosion in the nation, measuring more than 100 feet a year in some spots.