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Shoreline protection project in Vermilion Parish receives funding

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Posted at 12:48 PM, Aug 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-03 15:15:16-04

A shoreline protection project in Vermilion Parish has received funding for design, permitting and construction.

The Bayou Canal Shoreline Protection Project will receive $508,037 in funding from the Department of Treasury's Office of Gulf Coast Restoration, it was announced Monday.

The project will consist of a 10,600 foot foreshore rock dike along Freshwater Bayou Canal in Vermilion Parish.

The dike will tie into an existing shoreline protection structure and extend northward towards the opening at Little Vermilion Bay.

The project is expected to protect the shoreline and adjacent marsh from erosion and saltwater intrusion.

"Freshwater Bayou is a critical access point for commercial fishing and offshore oil supply vessels moving between the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico. We want to ensure that this gateway and the surrounding marsh are responsibly maintained," said Congressman Clay Higgins in a press release. "This investment helps with marsh restoration and builds on the $155 million in coastal funding that we announced earlier this year. My office will continue prioritizing water management, flood mitigation, and coastal restoration efforts across South Louisiana."

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