Aug 10, 2011 9:20 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The state of Louisiana and Vermilion Parish have been awarded nearly $500,000 in federal grants for coastal restoration and protection projects.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement announced Tuesday that it has awarded more than $295,000 to the state Department of Natural Resources for beach and dune restoration planning in Lafourche Parish, near the entrance to Port Fourchon.
Vermilion Parish is getting a grant worth more than $186,000 for a shoreline protection and marsh creation plan at Tiger Point, along the Gulf of Mexico shoreline.
The grants come from a $250 million pot of federal funding earmarked for Louisiana and other oil and gas producing states.