Monday Mar 10
The Daily Advertiser
Statewide projects vie for coastal money
<![CDATA[HOUMA, La. (AP) -- Eight wetland restoration projects are in the running for federal money this year. The Courier reports the projects include work in both Lafourche and Terrebonne parish and are among 18 others statewide vying for money set aside by the federal Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act. Simone Maloz, director of Thibodaux-based coastal restoration advocacy group Restore or Retreat, said the process is tedious, but it has aided in a number of projects and was at one time the only source of money to fight the continuing erosion of Louisiana's coastal wetlands. A task force overseeing the federal money usually allocates between $30 million and $50 million for projects each year. The task force also allocates money annually for project planning and engineering. The latest projects will be further screened in April. Following that, there will be more research on the effectiveness and longevity of the projects before money is allocated in December. The projects are judged by the programs by six environmental organizations that make up the task force. Initially, projects are allocated engineering and design money. Once those plans are developed, the project comes before the task force again to seek construction money. The remaining local projects vying for money this year are: -- The Bayou Dupont project hopes to use Mississippi River sediment to create or nourish about 300 acres of marsh near Lafitte, just east of Lafourche Parish, for $22.5 million. -- A similar project in the Barataria Bay Waterway, also near Lafitte, seeks to create 241 acres of marsh for about $29.2 million. -- The East Leeville Marsh Creation and Nourishment project, in south Lafourche, seeks to create or nourish 440 acres of marsh on Leeville's east side. -- The Grand Bayou Marsh Creation and Terracing project in the Barataria Basin seeks to create 375-480 acres of marsh and 70,000 to 77,000 feet of terracing, narrow strips of land designed to blunt wave action and build wetlands, for about $28 million. -- A project along Catfish Lake, just west of Golden Meadow, would create or nourish about 610 acres of marsh and build 18 acres terracing for about $25.6 million. -- A project near Port Fourchon seeks to create 314 acres and nourish 300 acres of emergent marsh for $26 million. -- The Lake Felicity Oyster Reef Shoreline Protection and Marsh Creation project would reduce shoreline erosion along 30,030 feet of Terrebonne Bay using an artificial oyster reef. It also creates 131 acres of marsh for $15 million to $20 million. -- The Bayou Dularge Ridge Restoration and Marsh Creation project in southwestern Terrebonne Parish includes 27,000 linear feet of ridge restoration on either side of Grand Pass and 556 acres of marsh creation or nourishment for $20 million and $25 million. ------ Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com
Smiley: Chatty Luis
" 'Your chat session has been disconnected unexpectedly. Please feel free to chat with us again if you need further assistance.'
La. Highway 1 project moving forward
Preliminary plans to build the second and final elevated section of La. Highway 1 between Golden Meadow and Leeville is moving forward.
Parish jails preparing for Carnival influx
Law enforcement agencies in Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes are making final plan to ensure there will be enough space in their jails for an expected increase in inmate populations during Carnival season.