Col. Michael Clancy, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ New Orleans District, and Amos Cormier, president of Plaquemines Parish, have signed an agreement for the second LCA BUDMAT (Beneficial Use of Dredged Material) project which will create a 1 mile ridge and 55 acres of marsh at Tiger Pass.
The restoration project has been delayed for several years, but is set to break ground next month, the KEDM Public Radio reports.
Darrell Broussard, the project manager, said that this development scheme is consistent with the state’s Coastal Master Plan, and that when complete, will build about 40 acres of land.
“The idea is that we start protecting the marsh areas that’s behind it,” said Broussard. “Then that area will regenerate itself.”
The $18 million project was originally funded in the 2016 federal budget, but was delayed by land-ownership issues.
USACE will use sand and silt from the bottom of the Mississippi River to build new marshes.