The Bayou Lafourche Fresh Water District (BLFWD) in partnership with Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) is taking the lead in implementing the Mississippi River Reintroduction to Bayou Lafourche (MRRBL) Project.
The MRRBL Project has an overall goal to divert 1,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) of fresh water from the Mississippi River into Bayou Lafourche.
In 2011, the Bayou Lafourche Fresh Water District completed a dredging project that increased water flow for nearly six miles of Bayou Lafourche between Donaldsonville and Belle Rose.
MRRBL Phase 2 picks up where Phase 1 dredging ended in Belle Rose. The project will remove vegetation and dredge sediment and mud flats for 8.3 miles between Belle Rose and Napoleonville. Nearly 800,000 cubic yards of mud will be dredged.
The purpose of this project is to implement features and improvements identified by and in accordance with the Final Phase 2 Design Report determined to be the most beneficial in order to improve the capacity of Bayou Lafourche to allow for increased flows through the bayou to benefit the Terrebonne and Barataria Basins through reductions in the salinities and/or nourishment of wetlands with the introduction and distribution of sediment and nutrients from the river.
Check out this very interesting video about the MRRBL Project, released by the Bayou Lafourche Fresh Water District last week: