Project Aims To Stop Erosion Along 4 Miles Of GIWW

LAROSE, LA (AP) — Four miles of embankment along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in Lafourche Parish are being strengthened and restored under a public-private project to stop salt water from creeping inland and to keep the channel from eroding.

         The America's Wetland Foundation announced the project on Tuesday.

         The project has already begun. The foundation says crews are installing a plastic material along the embankment that allows marsh grasses to grow on it. The hope is that this will strengthen the embankment.

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         Erosion has been a problem along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

         Several companies, Ducks Unlimited, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the state of Louisiana, the Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association and private landowners are involved in the project.

         The first mile of embankment stabilization is estimated to cost $1.2 million.

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