The project, which will create over 350 acres of marsh and several miles of marsh terracing on the east side of Delacroix, had previously been voted #1 in the Breton Basin and #2 statewide. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) originally developed and nominated the project for the CWPRA program in 2017.
East Delacroix Marsh Creation and Terracing has been included in various coastal restoration plans since 2006, and the project has been endorsed by St. Bernard Parish’s congressional and state legislative delegations in addition to various local nongovernmental organizations and landowners. The St. Bernard Parish Council and Coastal Zone Advisory Committee both adopted the project as part of the parish’s 2018 Coastal Strategy Document. This marks the second CWPPRA project approved for funding in St. Bernard Parish since 2016 (Bayou La Loutre Ridge Restoration and Marsh Creation, $31 million). Both projects will be in engineering/design throughout 2019.
“St. Bernard Parish Government is very fortunate to have gotten another large-scale coastal restoration project funded. The Delacroix project is particularly important because of its potential to mitigate storm surge and increase the resilience of our historic fishing communities outside of the levee system. I would like to thank John Lane, executive director of coastal operations, and consultants George Ricks and Jerry Graves, for their efforts in moving this critical project forward,” said Parish President Guy McInnis.