WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRPROUD) — Louisiana will be receiving $111,822,094.65 in coastal restoration funds from the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA), according to Senator Bill Cassidy.
“Our state and coastal communities understand the importance of protecting and restoring our coastline,” said Sen. Cassidy. “This funding is important to balance protecting our coastal environment and south Louisiana families with preserving U.S. energy security.”
In 2021, Sen. Cassidy introduced an act to expand GOMESA to create a new stream of funding from future offshore wind development for coastal protection and resiliency.
Sen. Cassidy breaks down where funding is going by parish:
|State of Louisiana||$89,457,675.71|
|St Bernard Parish||$1,064,029.29|
|St Charles Parish||$786,007.46|
|St James Parish||$685,597.64|
|St John the Baptist Parish||$734,004.80|
|St Martin Parish||$826,162.61|
|St Mary Parish||$961,124.21|
|St Tammany Parish||$1,265,671.46|
On Friday, Governor John Bel Edwards and Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority celebrated the completion of the $80 million Bayou Chene Floodgate. The new floodgate will prevent backwater flooding into businesses and homes in six parishes.
A recent survey showed that 84% of Louisiana residents said that coastal land loss will pose a threat to future generations.