About $24.8 million in federal grants will help three state projects to create marsh along the Louisiana coast.
The grants, awarded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will create or nourish 1,309 acres of marsh.
Of that $24.8 million, $19 million will go toward the Bayou De Cade Ridge project in Terrebonne Parish that will restore 11,131 linear feet of ridge habitat, create nearly 400 acres of marsh and nourish 90 acres of marsh.
For this project, sediment will be pumped from nearby Lake De Cade. The project was approved in 2017.
The Breton Landbridge Marsh Creation and East Delacroix Marsh Creation and Terracing projects will each receive nearly $3 million. These projects are based in St. Bernard Parish.
The Breton Landbridge project will restore 423 acres of marsh, and the East Delacroix project will restore about 406 acres.
"It is vital that we protect local communities and industries along our coast. Securing funding like this is essential to restore our dissolving coastline. I thank the Trump administration for their support of our coastal restoration efforts,” U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., said in a statement.
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