ASCENSION PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) – A Friday, October 21 groundbreaking ceremony is set to usher in the construction of a project that’s expected to bring more freshwater into a south Louisiana bayou.

The much-anticipated project centers around the Bayou Lafourche Pump Station.

According to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), the construction of a pump station in Donaldsonville, where Bayou Lafourche meets the Mississippi River has been in the works for years.

CPRA explains this is because the Lafourche and Terrebonne Estuaries have lost a significant amount of land due to saltwater intrusion. In fact, these areas have reportedly sustained some of the highest land loss rates on the planet.

But officials hope the new pump station will help to resolve this.

The agency says, “The addition of the new pump station will effectively triple the amount of freshwater entering the bayou and flowing downstream into the Lafourche and Terrebonne Estuaries.”

The Friday morning ceremony will feature several state leaders, including Governor John Bel Edwards and Congressman Garret Graves.

BRProud will continue to keep readers updated on the progress of the new pump station.