St. Bernard Parish Government last week announced that two largescale coastal restoration projects have advanced in the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) process.
Coastal parishes, the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), and participating federal agencies voted the Bayou Ducros Marsh Creation project in the Pontchartrain Basin and the Bayou Terre aux Boeufs North Ridge Restoration and Marsh Creation project in the Breton Basin.
The CWPPRA Technical Committee will review the proposed projects and conduct the next round of statewide agency voting in April 2021.
“The CWPPRA program has been an excellent mechanism for getting largescale coastal restoration projects funded in St. Bernard Parish,” said parish president Guy McInnis. “I would like to thank the parish Coastal Division and our federal and state partners for advancing two additional projects this year.”
The Bayou Ducros project would create or nourish over 400 acres of marsh near the Golden Triangle along the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet.
The total estimated construction cost ranges from $20-$25 million.
The Bayou Terre aux Boeufs project would create over 5 miles of new ridge habitat along the bayou and create or nourish approximately 770 acres of marsh.
The total estimated construction cost ranges from $40-$45 million.