Today, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration (RESTORE) Council released its Funded Priorities List (FPL) – a compilation of restoration projects the Council intends to prioritize for funding following the 2010 Gulf oil disaster. The Restore Council will be funding these Louisiana projects:
- West Grand Terre Beach Renourishment and Stabilization
- Golden Triangle Marsh Creation
- Biloxi Marsh Living Shoreline
- Mississippi River Reintroduction into Maurepas Swamp
- Lowermost Mississippi River Management
- Bayou Dularge Ridge, Marsh and Hydrologic Restoration
- Jean Lafitte Canal Backfilling
These projects will be funded by a portion of RESTORE Act dollars designated for ecosystem restoration from the Transocean Clean Water Act settlement. The announced list is now open for a public comment period, with comments due September 28, 2015. The Council will also two hold public meetings in Louisiana on September 15th at 5:30 p.m. at UNO’s Homer Hitt Alumni Center in New Orleans and September 16th at 5:30 in Morgan City at the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium at 728 Myrtle Street.
To help address the land loss crisis in Louisiana, the RESTORE Council is proposing to invest in wetland restoration by funding important large-scale restoration planning efforts that would help restore deltaic processes, increase sediment inputs and rebuild lost coastal habitat in key areas. Specifically, the Council proposes to fund planning and engineering to support re-introducing Mississippi River flows into the Maurepas Swamp, restoring the West Grand Terre barrier island and Golden Triangle marsh, and creation of living shoreline along the Biloxi Marsh.
The Council also proposes a large-scale planning effort intended to help move the nation towards a more holistic management scheme for the Lower Mississippi River. Additionally, the Council proposes to fund backfilling 16.5 miles of oil and gas canals to recreate freshwater wetlands and restore hydrology in Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.
The RESTORE Council’s project selection will build upon investments made by the state in its Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast and other coastal restoration planning projects.
Read more here: https://restorethegulf.gov/…/d…/files/Draft_Initial_FPL.pdf