- Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2015

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - Lafourche Parish received positive feedback on its plan to spend $1.3 million in Restore Act money relating to the 2010 BP oil spill.

Parish Administrator Archie Chaisson tells The Daily Comet (https://bit.ly/1ij9OT2) the plan focuses on engineering, design and permitting of five coastal restoration projects that have been talked about for years and are consistent with the state’s coastal master plan.

“We’re hoping that in the beginning of 2017, the larger BP dollars will start to come in from that $18.7 billion settlement. So once that comes down the pipe we’ll have had a year to permit and design all these things to truly be shovel ready so when the dollars are available we can start to build these projects without a whole lot of hiccups,” he said.

The draft sets aside money to design and permit 5,500 acres of marsh creation along La. 1 east of Leeville, 1,650 acres of marsh creation to the southwest of Catfish Lake, 11,000 acres of marsh creation from Belle Pass to Golden Meadow on the west side of La. 1, a freshwater reintroduction project that should increase the flow of freshwater down the Atchafalaya River into Grand Bayou Canal, and a long-distance sediment pipeline connecting to the Mississippi River.

Only a handful of residents attended Wednesday’s presentation of the plan.

Daniel Lafont, of Golden Meadow, and Jean Georges, who lives between Cut Off and Galliano, said it was encouraging that the money will be spent on restoration projects.

“It’s good to see,” Lafont said. “For years, all we had was despair. We had very little hope.”


Information from: Daily Comet, https://www.dailycomet.com

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