Two Lafourche restoration projects may move forward

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North Catfish Lake marsh, one of two projects receiving funding from the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. Photo submitted.

Posted January 7, 2020

Money to push two marsh restoration projects in Lafourche Parish may move forward at the end of the month.

Once finished, the two projects would create a combined 710 acres of marsh and nourish an additional 493 acres of existing marsh using dredged sediment.

In its December meeting, the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act Technical Committee — an agency that distributes federal money to restoration projects — recommended the approval of funds for the proposed North Catfish Lake and West Fourchon marsh restoration projects.

If its full task force approves the money, North Catfish Lake would enter the engineering and design phase and West Fourchon would progress to construction.

The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority is a co-sponsor on both projects. It is joined by the National Resources Conservation Service for North Catfish Lake and the National Marine Fisheries Service for West Fourchon.

Located just east of Golden Meadow, North Catfish Lake has experienced on of the highest rates of land loss, seeing an average of 9.8 feet erode from the northern shoreline per year, according to the project description.

Some areas of the shoreline have lost as much as 40 feet in a single year.