Construction is currently underway at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge to add an additional mile of shoreline protection to the existing three miles of unique rock breakwaters that protect this 71,000 acre wildlife sanctuary in Cameron Parish.
According to the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), instead of using the traditional method to build the breakwaters, the structure will utilize large bags of lightweight aggregate to support the heavy rocks on the surface.
“We tested several methods of shoreline protection in areas like Rockefeller,” said CPRA Board Chairman Chip Kline. “Through careful analysis and experimentation, we’ve created this new method.”
The first miles of rock breakwaters are the result of a federal and state partnership between CPRA and the National Marine Fisheries Service funded through the federal Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act CWPPRA.