June 16, 2008

Bayou Lamoque Floodgate Removal Project Receives Funding

By Anonymous

The Bayou Lamoque Floodgate Removal project, which will remove existing floodgate and allow water to flow unimpeded into Bayou Lamoque and surrounding marshes, has received $869,594 from a Minerals Management Services grant, according to Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-New Orleans.

Combined with other efforts that will divert water to the area, the project is expected to generate 620 acres of new marsh over 20 years. Landrieu secured the cash for the project in the Coastal Impact Assistance Program, which was included in the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

"Removing the gates that currently prevent the free-flow of water along the East Bank of the Mississippi River will help preserve and expand critical marshland habitat as well as provide storm surge protection," Landrieu said. "This project is among a series that will help restore our eroding coastline."

Credit: CityBusiness Staff Report

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