Louisiana receives coastal restoration grants

The money will go to St. Bernard and Orleans parishes

By: - November 19, 2020 6:10 pm
Louisiana Highway 1 bridge in Leeville

The Louisiana Highway 1 Bridge, rises above marshland and coastal waters on Aug. 25, 2019, in Leeville. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Over $5 million will go to the St. Bernard Parish government to protect the remaining ridge through strategic armoring and reforestation” by “installing shoreline protection.” And another $1 million will go to the City of New Orleans to “conduct preliminary planning and design for living shoreline and marsh creation on the New Orleans East Landbridge, the only remaining natural feature in the Louisiana Coastal Master Plan that protects the City of New Orleans from storm surge in the Gulf.”

The funding comes from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and National Coastal Resilience Fund, who provided 46 new coastal resilience grants totaling more than $37 million. The awards announced generated $55 million in match from the grantees, providing a total conservation impact of $92 million, according to a press release on the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s website.

The $5 million grant to St. Bernard Parish will be spent on the creation of ridges and coastal forest restoration and monitoring work, according to Rob Blumenthal, a spokesperson for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

The project will use the strategic placement of limestone ridges and Cyprus and Tupelo reforestation to reduce erosion on the ridge,” Blumenthal said. “Thereby decreasing flooding risks to the nearby community of Delacroix.”

This is a restoration and monitoring project, meaning the grantee has completed their engineering and design for the project and has — or shortly will have — all the permits they need to begin construction, Blumenthal said.

The $1 million grant to the City of New Orleans will be spent on creating preliminary engineering designs of a living shoreline and marsh creation using dredged material “for the purpose of increasing coastal resilience to flooding risks,” Blumenthal said.

Living shorelines are a green infrastructure technique using native vegetation alone or in combination with low sills to stabilize the shoreline. 

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JC Canicosa
JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa is a former Louisiana Illuminator reporter. Prior to working with the Illuminator, Canicosa worked for Investigate-TV and The Loyola Maroon. Canicosa earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Loyola University New Orleans. At Loyola, he was the senior staff writer at The Maroon and the president of the school's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Off the clock, Canicosa enjoys playing basketball, watching movies and dabbling in comedy writing.