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Every Day, the Energy Industry is Restoring Our Coast & Protecting Our Communities.

Energy leaders are putting their money where its needed most – in Coastal Louisiana. Partnerships with groups like Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana, Ducks Unlimited and The Nature Conservancy are working nonstop to implement the best science and technology to fortify coastal lands and communities.

Untapped: Bayou Region

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Coastal Habitat Preservation

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Outside of charitable partnerships and investments, Louisiana’s energy industry is the number one private investor in our state’s coastal program.

In fact, 25 cents of every dollar in the state’s coastal restoration budget comes directly from the oil and gas industry.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:

The two primary coastal funding sources for the state’s Coastal Restoration Protection Authority (CPRA) come from offshore leasing revenues: CIAP and GOMESA

The Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) provides federal grant funds derived from federal oil and gas industry offshore lease revenues to oil producing states for conservation, protection, or restoration of coastal areas.

The Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) shares oil and gas industry leasing revenues with Gulf producing states and the Land & Water Conservation Fund for coastal restoration projects.

Revenue from these programs directly fund hurricane protection and coastal restoration projects across the state. Here are just a few examples:

Caminada Headland Beach and Dune Restoration


This project restored 303 acres of beach and dune habitat on Caminada Headland in Lafourche Parish (beginning at Belle Pass and extends approximately six miles east towards Bayou Moreau) through the direct placement of approximately 3.3 million cubic yards of sandy material from Ship Shoal (an offshore borrow source).

Funding Source: CIAP

Project Cost: $70,679,580

Parish: Lafourche

LA 1 Improvements – Fourchon to Leeville Bridge


This project constructed a five-mile long, two lane elevated highway (two 12-ft lanes and two 8-ft shoulders) along LA-1 approximately 60 miles south of New Orleans in lower Lafourche Parish between Leeville and Port Fourchon. The Phase IA project connects to the Phase IB and Phase IC projects (in Leeville) by relocating LA-1 on a new alignment.

Funding Source: CIAP

Project Cost: $33,000,000

Parish: Lafourche

Levee Improvements for Gheens Community


This project will improve approximately 21,000 linear feet of existing levee along the north side of LA 654 in Gheens in Lafourche Parish to an elevation of 7.0 ft NAVD88, and modification of the levee footprint to provide greater stability.

Funding Source: GOMESA

Project Cost: $2,127,992

Parish: Lafourche

Hollywood Canal Closure Structure


This project involves the construction of a closure structure in Hollywood Canal in Lafourche Parish to prevent high storm water elevations in the Hollywood Canal from causing backwater flooding of properties on the Lafourche side of LA 316 in the vicinity of the canal.

Funding Source: GOMESA

Project Cost: $6,792,000

Parish: Lafourche

40 Arpent Canal Levee – Lockport Co. Canal to Butch Hill Station


This project involves the elevation of a portion of the 40 Arpent Levee system in Lafourche Parish to increase levee stability and prevent failures during high water events. The levee reach is part of the North Lafourche Levee District’s Thibodaux – Lockport – Bayou Blue (TLBB) Flood Protection Project, and protects areas south of Bayou Lafourche from Lockport to Raceland (an area of over 6,300 acres).

Funding Source: GOMESA

Project Cost: $10,386,418

Parish: Lafourche

Bayou L’eau Bleu Structure


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Funding Source: GOMESA

Project Cost: TBD

Parish: Lafourche

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Funding Source: GOMESA

Project Cost: TBD

Parish: Lafourche

Des Allemands Pump Station Rehabilitation


This project involves the replacement of the Des Allemand Pump Station in Lafourche Parish to support the operation of two 16-inch axial diesel driven pumps, providing increased flood protection for approximately 2,500 residences.

Funding Source: GOMESA

Project Cost: $762,595

Parish: Lafourche

Storm Surge Risk Reduction for US-90 at Bayou Folse


This project involves the construction of approximately 1,500 linear feet of levee from Bayou Folse to the HWY 90 embankment, with a tie-in at HWY 90 that will allow the NLLD to raise existing levees in this drainage district to an elevation of 6.5 ft.

Funding Source: GOMESA

Project Cost: $1,804,148

Parish: Lafourche

Grand Bayou Floodgate


This project is a component of the Morganza to the Gulf hurricane protection system, which is designed to provide 100-year protection levels to Terrebonne and parts of Lafourche parishes. Project features include levees tie-ins, floodwalls, and navigation structures across Grand Bayou in Lafourche Parish.

Funding Source: GOMESA

Project Cost: $18,500,000

Parish: Lafourche

Storm Surge Risk Reduction for Reach E-North- Elevation to +14.5 Ft


This project involves the improvement and elevation of the Reach E-North levee system in Lafourche Parish.

Funding Source: GOMESA

Project Cost: TBD

Parish: Lafourche

CIAP Performance Evaluation – Caminada Moreau Subsidence Study


This project involved an investigation of subsidence on the newly constructed Caminada Headland project (BA-0045) to quantify the amount of consolidation in the substrate underlying barrier islands that occurs from placement of sand for island restoration.

Funding Source: CIAP

Project Cost: $432,793

Parish: Lafourche

Morgan City Industrial Road


The objective of this project is to reduce commercial traffic through residential neighborhoods in Morgan City and provide better access to the industrial facilities and the museum by rerouting traffic onto a newly constructed roadway. The new roadway is located along the protected side of the Morgan City Floodwall beginning at the at the floodgate on 2nd St., connecting to 2nd St. and Federal Ave. and ending at the tie into Industrial Road.

Funding Source: CIAP

Project Cost: $1,247,000

Parish: St. Mary

Bayou Chene Floodgate


The purpose of this project is to install a floodgate in Bayou Chene in St. Mary Parish to reduce backwater flooding from the Atchafalaya River during a Mississippi River high water event. The project will provide backwater flooding protection for portions of St. Mary, Terrebonne, Lafourche, Assumption, Lower St. Martin and Iberville parishes, reducing flood risk to communities and infrastructure and promoting resilience.

Funding Source: GOMESA

Project Cost: $80,000,000

Parish: St. Mary

Atchafalaya Long Distance Sediment Pipeline


This project advanced the design of a sediment pipeline to transport sediments dredged from the Port of Morgan City’s Channel Maintenance Program from the Berwick Bay Area of the Atchafalaya River to the Atchafalaya River Bar Channel Area. A potential alignment of the pipeline was evaluated to provide the optimum route for the future installation of a permanent or temporary pipeline to maximize the multi-purpose benefits associated with moving sediments from the Atchafalaya Basin.

Funding Source: CIAP

Project Cost: $1,500,000

Parish: St. Mary, Terrebonne

GIWW Bank Restoration of Critical Areas of Terrebonne


The project objective was to restore critical lengths of deteriorated channel banks along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) in Terrebonne Parish and stabilize/armor selected critical lengths of deteriorated channel banks with hard shoreline stabilization materials. A portion of this project was constructed using CIAP 2007 funds and the remainder of the project received Phase 2 funding through CWPPRA.

Funding Source: CIAP

Project Cost: $7,274,676

Parish: Terrebonne

Falgout Canal Structure


This project is designed to provide 100-year protection levels to Terrebonne and parts of Lafourches parishes. The project involved construction of a 40-ft-wide floodgate across Falgout Canal along with approximately 700 ft of sheet pile floodwall (elevation +18 ft NAVD88) and associated levee tie-ins connecting the Reach B Falgout Canal South and North levee tie-ins of the Morganza to the Gulf Hurricane Risk Reduction System.

Funding Source: GOMESA

Project Cost: $6,000,000

Parish: Terrebonne, Lafourche

Performance Evaluation – Barataria Land Bridge Biological Monitoring


This research study assessed the effect of dredged sediment application on soil-vegetation-hydrologic dynamics within deteriorating interior brackish marshes on the Barataria Land Bridge Dedicated Dredging (BA-0036) project.

Funding Source: CIAP

Project Cost: $432,618

Parish: Jefferson

Mississippi River Long Distance Sediment Pipeline


This project involved the creation of a reusable corridor for future restoration projects in the Barataria Landbridge in Plaquemines Parish, and the creation and nourishment of approximately 415 acres of marsh using 3.8 million cubic yards of sediment dredged from the Mississippi River.

Funding Source: CIAP

Project Cost: $66,310,461

Parish: Plaquemines

Central Wetlands Demonstration


This demonstration project investigated the beneficial use of Ferrate as an alternative to chlorine to treat effluent at the SWBNO’s East Bank Sewer Treatment Plant.

Funding Source: CIAP

Project Cost: $3,561,832

Parish: Orleans

Central Wetlands Demonstration Expansion


The Central Wetlands Demonstration Expansion project involved the restoration of 17.2 acres of critical wetlands in Orleans Parish in the area designated A-1 using wetlands assimilation of treated wastewater effluent and/or beneficial use of ash/biosolids from the East Bank Wastewater Treatment Plant and other sediment from SWBNO operations. Once the cell has been completed, the intent is to promote an ecological diversity with indigenous planting from cypress/tupelo trees to floating marsh islands.

Funding Source: CIAP

Project Cost: $4,500,000

Parish: Orleans

Orleans Land Bridge Shoreline Protection & Marsh Creation


The project is located along 7.8 miles (41,337 linear feet) of the northwestern shoreline of Lake Borgne in Orleans Parish. It is intended to protect and prevent the loss of up to 140 acres of marsh and prevent/minimize shoreline retreat. Included in the protected area is the 23,000 acre Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge, the nation’s largest urban wildlife refuge.

Funding Source: CIAP

Project Cost: $30,420,000

Parish: Orleans, St. Bernard

East Grand Terre Island Restoration


The project goal was to restore 2.8 miles and 620 acres of barrier shoreline and 450 acres of marsh on East Grand Terre Island in Plaquemines Parish using 3.3 million cubic yards of offshore sediment. The project was designed under the CWPPRA Program and constructed under the CIAP program.

Funding Source: CIAP

Project Cost: $25,426,247

Parish: Plaquemines

Fringe Marsh Repair


This project reestablished approximately 300 acres of fragile marsh and minimized the continued fragmentation of wetlands system in lower Plaquemines Parish. The project targeted use of sediment from canals that require maintenance dredging.

Funding Source: CIAP

Project Cost: $8,756,606

Parish: Plaquemines

Shoreline Protection Emergency Restoration


This project involved the installation of 14,320 plants along 1.4 miles of shorelines impacted by the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) Spill in Bay Jimmy in order to re-establish the vegetation which helped stabilize the marsh platform to benefit 16.4 acres.

Funding Source: CIAP

Project Cost: $355,780

Parish: Plaquemines

CIAP Performance Evaluation – Barrier Island Studies


This performance evaluation assessed the post restoration morphology of the tidal pass at East Grand Terre and developed Barrier Island Comprehensive Monitoring Program vegetation sampling protocols.

Funding Source: CIAP

Project Cost: $558,606

Parish: Plaquemines

NOV-NF Drainage Canal Relocation


This project involves the relocation of existing drainage canals along Reach NF-06a.1 of the USACE NOV hurricane protection system in Plaquemines Parish.

Funding Source: GOMESA

Project Cost: $7,500,000

Parish: Plaquemines

Central Wetlands – Riverbend


This project involves the discharge of effluent from a CWBNO oxidation plant to be discharged into the Central Wetlands. This would allow vegetation to prosper once again in the area, and would also save St. Bernard Parish the cost of running a sewer line from the Oxidation plant to the Munster Plant.

Funding Source: CIAP

Project Cost: $2,000,000

Parish: St. Bernard

St. Tammany Ring Levee


This project involves supplemental design and construction of the feature(s) developed by the St. Tammany Parish Coastal Protection Study (PO-0167) to provide hurricane storm surge risk reduction for North Shore communities in St. Tammany Parish.

Funding Source: GOMESA

Project Cost: $9,000,000

Parish: St. Tammany

Davis Pond Upper Barataria Risk Reduction


This project consists of raising approximately two miles of the Davis Pond Diversion West Guide Levee to a uniform elevation of +7.5 ft NAVD88, constructing a T-Wall at the existing pipeline crossing, and conversion of the existing Tidal Exchange Structure to a permanent T-Wall.

Funding Source: GOMESA

Project Cost: $6,500,000

Parish: St. Charles

Lake Salvador Shoreline Protection (Phase III)


This project constructed approximately 7,000 linear feet of shoreline protection near the northwest shore of Lake Salvador in St. Charles Parish.

Funding Source: CIAP

Project Cost: $3,452,189

Parish: St. Charles

East Labranche Shoreline Protection


This project utilized State and parish CIAP funding to construct 1,400 linear feet of shoreline protection in critical areas of the remaining 18,000 linear feet of East LaBranche shoreline in St. Charles Parish that has not yet received shoreline protection.

Funding Source: CIAP

Project Cost: $3,753,816

Parish: St. Charles

Magnolia Ridge Levee Lift and Road


This project involves elevating approximately 11,800 linear feet of the Magnolia Ridge Levee in St. Charles Parish to 7.5 ft NAVD88 at all locations except existing pipeline crossings; installing a 12-foot wide parallel access road with 20-foot wide vehicle turnarounds at various intervals; canal shaping as required; and seeding, fertilizing and mulching. The project is a component of Upper Barataria Risk Reduction System.

Funding Source: GOMESA

Project Cost: $3,500,000

Parish: St. Charles

Sunset Levee Upper Barataria Risk Reduction


This project will ascertain the current levee crown elevations within the Sunset Levee system in St. Charles Parish to address recent concerns of settlement; deficient crown areas will be restored to previous elevations or increased as much as proper stability will allow.

Funding Source: GOMESA

Project Cost: $3,500,000

Parish: St. Charles

Port of Iberia Bridge Replacement – Port Road Over Commercial Canal


This project will replace the existing 24 foot wide by 76 foot long bridge on Port Road over Commercial Canal in Iberia Parish in order to continue to support the transportation needs to support the Port of Iberia.

Funding Source: CIAP

Project Cost: $625,792

Parish: Iberia

Port of Iberia Bridge Replacement – David Dubois Road Over Commercial Canal


This project will replace the existing 24 foot wide by 76 foot long bridge on David Dubois Road over Commercial Canal in Iberia Parish in order to continue to support the transportation needs to support the Port of Iberia.

Funding Source: CIAP

Project Cost: $1,058,013

Parish: Iberia

Acadiana Regional Airport Street Improvements – Admiral Doyle Drive


This project involved the improvement of 5,310 feet of Admiral Doyle Road near the Acadiana Regional Airport in Iberia Parish from the intersection with LA-3212 to the end of the four lane section in order to improve access to both the airport and the Port of Iberia.

Funding Source: CIAP

Project Cost: $1,114,972

Parish: Iberia

Performance Evaluation – Freshwater Bayou


This study assessed the expected vertical elevation change of the dredge slurry fill due to immediate and long term settlement and consolidation. Work performed included reviewing previous analyses performed to help improve the ability to predict settlement and consolidation; researching new methods, models, and techniques that could improve how CPRA design teams predict settlement and consolidation; and data collection to verify the accuracy of the settlement and consolidation analyses performed during project design.

Funding Source: CIAP

Project Cost: $286,029

Parish: Vermilion

Freshwater Bayou Bank Stabilization


This project consists of approximately seven miles of rock revetment shoreline protection along four critical areas of the Freshwater Bayou navigation channel in Vermilion Parish.

Funding Source: CIAP

Project Cost: $13,568,804

Parish: Vermilion

Trosclair Road Repairs


This project involves construction of an overlay of Trosclair Road, a Cameron Parish road that is heavily used by oilfield traffic. The project is approximately 8 miles long and connects State Highway 27/82 from Cameron to State Highway 82 to Oak Grove.

Funding Source: CIAP

Project Cost: $400,000

Parish: Cameron

Performance Evaluation – Rockefeller Monitoring


This CIAP Performance Evaluation project involved the monitoring of three types of shore structures constructed at Rockefeller Refuge as a demonstration to determine which type(s) are successful in protecting the shoreline.

Funding Source: CIAP

Project Cost: $404,637

Parish: Cameron

Rockefeller Shoreline Protection Demonstration


The project assessed the performance of three types of shoreline protection structures to determine which type(s) of structures are successful in protecting the shoreline. Successful structure(s) will inform the development of future CWPPRA Projects.

Funding Source: CIAP

Project Cost: $6,054,083

Parish: Cameron

Grand Lake Shoreline Protection


This project constructed approximately 37,800 linear feet of shoreline protection on the south shore of Grand Lake from Superior Canal to Tebo Point in Cameron Parish.

Funding Source: CIAP

Project Cost: $9,912,919

Parish: Cameron

Pumping Capacity Improvements Phase 1


This project involves construction of a pump station on the Mississippi River at Donaldsonville in Ascension Parish with a minimum pumping capacity of 1,000 cfs alongside the existing 500-cfs pump station, thereby tripling the capacity for fresh water entering Bayou Lafourche to combat saltwater intrusion and provide fresh drinking water to over 300,000 residents in Assumption, Ascension, Lafourche, and Terrebonne parishes.

Funding Source: GOMESA

Project Cost: $65,000,000

Parish: Acsension

Mississippi River Water Reintroduction Into Bayou Lafourche


The Mississippi River diversion into Bayou Lafourche would restore coastal marshes and provides drinking water to over 300,000 residents. This project is the second incremental component of the larger diversion project and involved dredging Bayou Lafourche to a 1,000-cfs capacity channel for an additional 7-12 miles southward from the end point of the first increment.

Funding Source: CIAP

Project Cost: $26,691,418

Parish: Ascension, Assumption

Coastal Forest Conservation Initiative


This program prioritizes the suitability of existing privately held coastal forests for preservation and funds long-term conservation of acquired tracts via purchase of fee title or conservation servitudes from willing land owners.

Funding Source: CIAP

Project Cost: $16,736,136

Parish: Coastwide

Mississippi River Delta Strategic Planning – SSPM Expansion


This project involved the construction of a new expanded Small Scale Physical Model (SSPM) capable of modeling smaller flows and with an increased area of coverage relative to the previous SSPM. The project also included the construction of a new facility to house the model and facilitate the use of the model for public outreach efforts. The project is a valuable educational and research tool that provides insight and qualitative understanding of critical aspects of the impacts of major diversions of water and sediments, future conditions, and navigation impacts.

Funding Source: CIAP

Project Cost: $13,520,000

Parish: Coastwide

CIAP Performance Evaluation Borrow Area Management and Monitoring


The Borrow Area Monitoring and Management (BAMM) performance evaluation involved the collection of geophysical, geotechnical, and water quality data from several borrow areas to understand the evolution of borrow pits for restoration projects (inshore, nearshore, and offshore) over time, with a particular focus on the infilling (rates and types of sediment) and gradient of the pit-slopes as well as potential dredge impacts.

Funding Source: CIAP

Project Cost: $813,512

Parish: Iberia, Jefferson, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. Tammany, Terrebonne