- Associated Press - Sunday, March 13, 2016

HOUMA, La. (AP) - A project to channel treated sewage through wetlands to help rebuild marshes in southern Terrebonne Parish is a few weeks from being completed.

The Courier reports (https://bit.ly/1YNNlgR ) that the project will reroute millions of gallons of wastewater into wetlands north of Lake Boudreaux instead of discharging it into the Houma Navigation Canal, which leads eventually to the Gulf of Mexico.

Clay Breaux, an engineer on the project, said the treated water will benefit an area destroyed by erosion.

Once complete, treated sewage will be pumped about 2,000 feet south from a wastewater facility and discharged at several points into the wetlands. Some 4.5 million gallons of wastewater could be pumped into the marshes on a given day.

The intent is that some of the nitrogen, ammonia and phosphates in the treated wastewater will feed plants and bolster eroding land.

The land around Lake Boudreaux has eroded through the years. Plans submitted to state authorities project the area faces losing some 163 acres of wetlands in the next 50 years.

The area is also targeted for state restoration projects, including one that would send some 20 million gallons of fresh water daily into the lake from the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

Breaux said landowners donated property to the project because they want to see the land restored.

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Information from: The Courier, https://www.houmatoday.com


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