Work progresses on New Orleans to Venice (NOV) Hurricane Protection

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ New Orleans District is continuing to make progress with the New Orleans to Venice (NOV) Hurricane Protection project in Plaquemines Parish, La.

photo courtesy of USACE

The purpose of the NOV project is to provide an improved levee system for storm risk reduction for Plaquemines Parish by repairing and restoring the original project levees, accelerating the completion of unconstructed portions of the authorized project, and armoring critical elements of the authorized project.

The NOV federal levees are located on the east bank of Plaquemines from Phoenix to Bohemia and on the west bank from St. Jude to Venice.

Currently, along the La Reussite to Myrtle Grove levee reach, USACE is constructing approximately seven miles of new drainage canals and levees.

USACE workers and their construction partners are placing embankment material at the site of the levee construction, slowly building up layers of soil and material for the levee.

So far, 85% of the canal have been completed and approximately 50% of the levee has been built along this particular levee reach.

This portion of the project is scheduled to be completed by calendar year 2026.