Lafourche Project Would Improve Wetlands East Of Leeville

 LEEVILLE, LA (AP) — Lafourche Parish's plan for Restore Act money proposes setting aside $270,550 for engineering and permitting to build new wetlands, restore degraded marsh and reduce wave erosion along Louisiana Highway 1 east of Leeville.

         The Daily Comet’s Meredith Burns reports the parish's multi-year plan, open for public comment on the parish's website, outlines how officials plan to spend $1.3 million relating to the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

         One project could build about 5,500 acres of marsh along La. 1 stretching from Bayou L'Ours to Leeville.

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         Lafourche Parish Administrator Archie Chaisson said he thinks all five projects proposed in the plan would vastly improve the landscape, but the Bayou L'Ours to Leeville project could be one of the most consequential.

         "If I had to really pick one I think this Bayou L'Ours to Leeville — if we constructed the whole segment — is going to be the most impactful because it's going to protect the unelevated portion of La. 1," he said. "Hopefully give it some more life and keep it from going under water as much as they think it will over the next few years until that new segment of road is built."

         Susan Testroet-Bergeron, executive director of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, said the area is also an important nursery habitat for shrimp, redfish and other seafood.

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         "I think people forget how important marsh habitat is to all the things we like to eat," she said. "The animals are dependent on the plants. The plants are dependent on the land. The land now is depended upon us."

         As with the proposed marsh creation project west of La. 1 from Belle Pass to Golden Meadow, the challenge will be finding borrow sources for sediments.

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