$1 million in efforts to support wetland protection in Lafourche Parish

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NEW ORLEANS, LA – AUGUST 23: The $1.1 billion Lake Borgne Surge Barrier stands near the confluence of and across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet on August 23, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The massive structure was built by the Army Corps of Engineers along with other reinforcements to defend the city of New Orleans against future hurricanes and storms. The nearly 2 mile long, 26 foot high barrier is designed to block deadly storm surge from Lake Borgne, similar to what ravaged the Lower Ninth Ward during Hurricane Katrina. According to researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Louisiana’s combination of rising waters and sinking land give it one of the highest rates of relative sea level rise on the planet. Since the 1930s, Louisiana has lost over 2,000 square miles of land and wetlands, an area roughly the size of Delaware. In the past 30 years, as subsidence continues and the effects of climate change increase, Louisiana has been losing its coastal landscape at the rate of almost a football fields worth of land every hour. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

GALLIANO, La. (WDSU) — A project to enhance coastline protection in Lafourche Parish is getting $1 million in support from Chevron and the Lafourche Parish Government.

The Bully Camp Terrace Project, in support with Ducks Unlimited, will take place approximately three miles west of Galliano.

The completion of the project will impact nearly 390 acres.

The project will see the construction and planting of nearly 35,200 linear feet of soil terraces. These terraces will help to restore emergent marsh and help to protect existing natural marsh adjacent to the terraces, according to the press release.

“These projects create natural features which protect our levee system and other vital infrastructure from the erosive effects of day to day tidal action,” Lafourche Parish President Archie Chaisson said. “Preserving our wetlands is one way we can help to improve our community.”

This installment will aid in reducing wave impact to the coast and encourage the growth of aquatic vegetation.

The restoration and protection of the marsh terraces will provide enhanced habitat conditions for wildlife and fisheries resource.

“Earthen terraces can provide improved foraging, loafing and nesting habitat for a variety of coastal birds including waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds and secretive marsh birds,” according to Bob Dew, director of development for Ducks Unlimited.

The project is expected to be completed by June 2021.

By: WDSU Digital Team

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