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Assessment of Marine Mammal Physiological Responses to Low Salinity Exposures
Marine Mammals
East Baton Rouge Parish


This project will support understanding and restoration of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) through the synthesis of existing data to describe the physiological and biological responses to low salinity exposures. Activities are to compile and evaluate data, develop and implement models, conduct expert analysis, and complete a report of findings from this effort.

Authorized Budget: $249,272.00

Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area - Access Improvements
Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities
St. Mary Parish


This project will dredge Breaux Pass and Cul-de-sac Pass within the Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area in order to enhance access for hunters, anglers, and wildlife viewers to the interior marsh. Dredging at Breaux and Cul-de-sac Passes would result in deeper and wider passes than currently exist, allowing boats deeper draft space, which also would accommodate a greater diversity of boat types and sizes.

Authorized Budget: $920,450.00

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Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area - Campground Improvements
Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities
St. Mary Parish


This project will install two jetties and a bulkhead at the campground at the Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area. The two jetties would be located at the far east end of the campground where water flow is the strongest and would function as a breakwater and the material used for the jetties defends the riverbank and the bulkhead by training the active channel away from the campground.

Authorized Budget: $4,207,807.08

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Barataria Basin Ridge and Marsh Creation Project: Spanish Pass Increment
Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats
Plaquemines Parish


The Spanish Pass project is a component of an overall large-scale restoration strategy for the Barataria Basin that will re-establish ridge and intertidal marsh habitats. The primary goal of the Spanish Pass increment is to create and nourish approximately 132 acres of historical ridge and 1,683 acres of marsh. 

Authorized Budget: $100,290,142.00

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Bayou Segnette State Park Improvements
Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities
Jefferson Parish


The project includes upgrades to an existing boating area to address soil subsidence issues affecting recreational opportunity; upgrades to a playground to comply with ADA requirements; and repairs to road and parking areas damaged by repeated flooding from storms and soil subsidence.

Authorized Budget: $2,126,724.00

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Belle Chasse Walker Road Boat Launch Improvements
Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities
Plaquemine Parish


The project will improve the Belle Chasse Walker Road Boat Launch in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, and involves the engineering, design, and construction of a new boat launch on the site of what is currently an unimproved public boat launch known as the Walker Road Boat Launch.

Authorized Budget: $250,000.00

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Biloxi Marsh Living Shoreline
Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats
St. Bernard Parish


Biloxi Marsh Living Shoreline project will create oyster barrier reef along eastern shore of Biloxi Marsh to provide oyster habitat, reduce erosion, and prevent further marsh deterioration in Jefferson Parish. Approximately 9 to 11 miles of oyster barrier reef will be installed along the eastern shoreline of Biloxi Marsh, providing oyster habitat, reducing wave erosion, and preventing further marsh degradation.

Authorized Budget: $66,600,000.00

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Bird’s Foot Delta Hydrologic Restoration
Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats
Plaquemines Parish


The project will restore wetlands and coastal habitats impacted by the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill. The Bird’s Foot Delta includes the closest areas of land to the DWH oil spill, and portions of the delta experienced repeated heavy oiling following the disaster. This project willrestore the hydrology of the Mississippi River Bird’s Foot Delta by dredging Pass-a-Loutre, South Pass, and Southeast Pass to reconnect the Mississippi River with the marshes of the eastern and central Bird’s Foot Delta.

Funds allocated to this project are for the Engineering and Design of the Bird’s Foot Delta Hydrologic Restoration.

Authorized Budget: $6,000,000.00

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Chitimacha Boat Launch
Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities
St. Mary Parish


The project will construct and enhance the Chitimacha Boat Launch in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, to provide and enhance recreational opportunities impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Authorized Budget: $649,262.00

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Cultch Plant Oyster Restoration
Oysters
St. Bernard and Terrebonne Parishes


This project will place cultch at several Louisiana locations. Targeted sites include one on public oyster seed grounds in the Grand Banks area of Mississippi Sound, and one on the Caillou Lake public oyster seed grounds in Terrebonne Parish. The project will programmatically plan for inclusion of additional cultch plants within the Biloxi Marsh Complex in St. Bernard Parish and also within the footprints of other public oyster seed grounds (POSG) or public oyster seed reservations (POSR) in the future. Where opportunities exist, cultch material will be placed as close to the shoreline as possible to promote restoration of shallow water fringing oyster reefs.

Authorized Budget: $10,070,000.00

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Cypremort Point State Park Improvements
Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities
Iberia and St. Mary Parishes


The project includes reinforcing existing rock jetties, restoring the degraded beach, installing a new marsh boardwalk, improvements to fishing piers, repairing and upgrading existing roads damaged by repeated flooding, construction of an RV campground, and the installation of mobile bathhouses.

Authorized Budget: $4,477,338.00

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Des Allemands Boat Launch
Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities
St. Charles Parish


The Des Allemands Boat Launch project will construct a new boat launch on Bayou Des Allemands and will also include parking, signage, lighting, and other amenities.

Authorized Budget: $1,841,116.00

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Developing Guidance For Avian Habitat Restoration and Monitoring
Birds
Assumption, Calcasieu, Cameron, Iberia, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Vermilion Parishes


This project will develop a Guidance Document for Avian Habitat Restoration and Monitoring in Louisiana, which integrates coastal processes and avian ecology requirements with potential coastal engineering and construction specifications within representative individual coastal habitats/regions, based on taxonomic Working Groups. The guidance will address a major knowledge gap and is considered critical in supporting ongoing and future Deepwater Horizon avian restoration activities. Further, the guidance will greatly enhance the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group's (LA TIG) ability to inform the general public regarding restoration of their injured natural resources.

Authorized Budget: $554,882.00

Elmer's Island Access Project
Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities
Jefferson Parish


This project enhances recreational opportunities on Elmer’s Island by incorporating a suite of elements to improve upon existing access points, enhance the natural features of the area through reconnected hydrology, and develop a solution for improved access for recreational fishing activities targeting the eastern portion of Elmer’s Island adjacent to Caminada Pass.

Authorized Budget: $6,000,000.00

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Enhancing Oyster Recovery Using Brood Reefs
Oysters
St. Bernard and Terrebonne Parishes


The project will construct multiple brood reefs east of the Mississippi River, including four in the Lake Machais/Mozambique Point and Petit Pass/Bay Boudreaux area. The project will programmatically plan for inclusion of additional brood reefs in areas with preexisting reefs and suitable hydrologic conditions. This may include public oyster seed grounds or public oyster seed reservations in Chandeleur Sound, and areas potentially within the footprints of other public oyster seed grounds or public oyster seed reservations in the future.

Authorized Budget: $9,701,447.00

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Golden Triangle Marsh Creation
Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats
Orleans and St. Bernard Parishes


Golden Triangle Marsh Creation project is in the eastern portion of the Golden Triangle Marsh and is adjacent to New Orleans, Louisiana, and the surrounding communities in Orleans Parish and St. Bernard Parish. The project will restore approximately 800 acres of broken marsh and open water through marsh creation to help buffer storm surge and provide estuarine habitat for Lake Borgne in Orleans and St. Bernard Parishes.

Authorized Budget: $50,000,000.00

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Grand Avoille Boat Launch Improvements
Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities
St. Mary Parish


The project will improve the Grand Avoille Boat Launch in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, and involves the engineering, design, and construction of a parking lot, access road, boat launch, boat ramp, and dock.

Authorized Budget: $247,426.00

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Grand Isle State Park Improvements
Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities
Jefferson Parish


The project involves improvements to Grand Isle State Park, including upgrading an existing pier to improve fishing access; shoreline protection features in the vicinity of Grand Isle State Park; and repairing and upgrading existing roads and nature trails damaged by repeated flooding. The project will provide improved fishing and recreational use of the state park and also provide protection of coastal, nearshore marine habitats and inland infrastructure.

Authorized Budget: $6,126,967.00

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Grande Cheniere Ridge Marsh Creation
Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats
Plaquemines Parish


The project will create up to 624 acres of marsh near Bayou Grande Cheniere, approximately 12,480 linear feet of earthen ridge along Jefferson Canal, and approximately 48,900 linear feet of earthen containment dike. Sediment from the Mississippi River borrow areas will be dredged to obtain the marsh fill for this project.

Authorized Budget: $65,000,000.00

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Hatchery-Based Oyster Restoration
Oysters
Jefferson Parish


This project will provide operational funds for the Michael C. Voisin Oyster Hatchery in Grand Isle, Louisiana and support deployment monitoring of hatchery-produced larvae and spat. This project will contribute to the enhancement of natural oyster reefs and increased oyster abundance which may provide some ecosystem services that result from high oyster abundance, such as reduction in shoreline erosion, improved water quality, increased biodiversity of reef-dependent organisms, and recycling of nutrients.

Authorized Budget: $5,850,000.00

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