Posted: Aug 17, 2010 5:51 AM by Sharlee Barriere
CHENIERE CAMINADA, La. (AP) - The federal government plans to
spend $30 million to help restore a barrier headland that helps
protect Port Fourchon, a major oil and natural gas port.
The money will be spent on the Cheniere Caminada headland as
part of ongoing coastal restoration work under the Coastal Wetland
Planning, Protection and Restoration Act. The money comes out the
Commerce Department's budget.
Crews will use about 3 million cubic yards of dredged sand and
material to build about 9,300 feet of beach and dune and 150 acres
of marsh habitat.
The Commerce Department says the work will take place just west
of Belle Pass on the edge of Timbalier Bay where as many as 50 feet
a year of shoreline erode a year, some of the highest rates of
shoreline retreat in the nation.
Construction is set to begin later this year.