CPRA to receive $28.68 million grant for restoration project in southwest Louisiana

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VENICE, LA- MAY 11: Marshland is seen as efforts continue to contain BP’s massive oil spill on May 11, 2010 in Venice, Louisiana. Oil is still leaking out of the Deepwater Horizon wellhead at a estimated rate of 1,000-5,000 barrels a day. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) will be receiving a $28.68 million grant for ecosystem restoration in the southwestern part of the state.

The funds will go to the Calcasieu-Sabine Large-Scale Marsh and Hydrologic Restoration project in Cameron Parish, according to CPRA.

“This project will restore and maintain thousands of acres of critically-important wetland habitat that have been deteriorating in Cameron Parish,” said CPRA Executive Director Bren Haase. “However, the benefits won’t only improve the immediate area; they will also help knock down storm surge and protect larger population centers like Lake Charles and Sulphur further inland. Our Coastal Master Plan is predicated on a system-wide approach, and this project will amplify its benefits to all of Southwest Louisiana.” 

CPRA says the money derives from RESTORE Act Direct Component funds, in which the U.S. Department of the Treasury allocated funds after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The grant announced on Thursday is a portion of the $260.97 million allocations. The state plans to spend the money over the course of 15 years, according to CPRA.

The restoration project includes reducing flood stress via drainage improvements and marsh creation and nourishment.

“This project will restore and maintain thousands of acres of critically-important wetland habitat that have been deteriorating in Cameron Parish,” said Haase. “However, the benefits won’t only improve the immediate area; they will also help knock down storm surge and protect larger population centers like Lake Charles and Sulphur further inland. Our Coastal Master Plan is predicated on a system-wide approach, and this project will amplify its benefits to all of Southwest Louisiana.” 

According to CPRA, following the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s approval to release construction funds, the first components of the project will be scheduled to be publicly bid in 2024.

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