Thursday, May 24, 2007

Plaquemine Parish Coastal Restoration Wins Award

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The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) has named the Chaland Headland coastal restoration project as one of America's Top Restored Beaches.

The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) -- with NOAA's Fisheries Service as the federal sponsor performed the restoration work with funds from the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act.

The Chaland project was completed this year and is located some eight miles from where Hurricane Katrina made landfall in 2005.

Three other similar restoration projects -- Pelican Island, East Grand Terre and Chaland Pass to Grand Bayou Pass -- will create beaches and marshes that will help protect Plaquemines, Orleans, and Jefferson parishes.
The project involved pumping 1.79 million cubic yards of sand and 950,000 cubic yards of marsh fill to create a three-mile-long beach -- and backing marsh --- designed to protect wetlands against storms and storm surge. The project has restored over 400 acres of habitat but a second phase of the work is expected to benefit another 400 acres. The second phase of the project will go out for construction award later this year.

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