Thursday, September 14, 2006

Alligator Bend

A $19.6 million proposal may be the first among four projects recommended for approval by the Breaux Act Task Force at its Oct. 18 meeting.

If the task force agrees, as expected, the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service and the state Department of Natural Resources would choose a contractor and oversee the work
to rebuild a land bridge, sandwiched between Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Borgne in an area known as Alligator Bend, (shown below, with the red star) the contractor would mine about 3 million cubic yards of sediment from Lake Borgne to fill in 410 acres of open water, in part created by Hurricane Katrina.

The project also includes planting vegetation along 7 1/4 miles of the Lake Borgne shoreline, which retreated 5 feet during the storm.

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