*UPDATE: HCR 1 has passed the House and the Senate Transportation Committee and the Senate Natural Resources Committee. It will be on the senate floor next week.
HCR 1 presents approval for the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority’s (CPRA) 2016 Annual Plan that includes funding 43 coastal projects. These projects include 18 protection projects, 24 restoration projects and 1 infrastructure project.
The restoration projects include:
- $144 million for the restoration of dunes, beach and wetlands along Cheniere Caminada which will restore and maintain the headland through the creation of dunes and beach habitat that will protect unique coastal habitats, continue littoral sand transport to Grand Isle, and protect Port Fourchon and the only hurricane evacuation route available to the region.
- $26 million for the Grand Bayou marsh creation project in the Cameron-Creole watershed. This project will reduce salt-water intrusion, tidal exchange and erosion.
- $101 million for the Shell Island restoration project which will restore this barrier island through the creation of dune and marsh habitat. The overall goals of this project are to prevent intrusion of the Gulf of Mexico into interior bays and marshes, restore natural sand transport along this reach of the coast, and protect oil and gas facilities.
- $56.5 million for the extension of the long-distance sediment pipeline to move sediment from the river via permanent pipeline across Barataria Basin to sediment-deprived wetlands.