The project was chosen as part of a nomination and selection process administered by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The CWPPRA Technical Committee will cast its final statewide vote and select four projects for Phase 1 (engineering and design) funding on December 5, 2019.
The CWPPRA Technical Committee voted the North Delacroix Marsh Creation and Terracing project #3 statewide at its April 2019 meeting. This project would create or nourish approximately 389 acres of marsh and create approximately 17,500 linear feet of marsh terracing near Delacroix. The overarching purpose of the project is to reestablish healthy marsh around the Delacroix area. The preliminary cost estimate is $35-$40 million.
St. Bernard Parish Government has enjoyed some recent success in the CWPPRA program, securing Phase 1 funding for the Bayou La Loutre Ridge Restoration and Marsh Creation project (2016) and the East Delacroix Marsh Creation and Terracing project (2018). Both of these projects are currently in engineering/design and the total value of the ongoing work will likely exceed $50 million.
“We are fortunate to have had at least one major coastal restoration project advance to the final statewide CWPPRA vote every year since 2016. I am hopeful that in 2019, the parish will secure engineering and design funding for a third time,” said parish president Guy McInnis. John Lane, Executive Director of Coastal Operations for St. Bernard Parish Government, will continue to work closely with federal and state officials as the project is prepared for the final CWPPRA Technical Committee vote.