Barataria Basin Ridge and Marsh Creation Project: Spanish Pass Increment
The Barataria Basin Ridge and Marsh Creation Project is a large-scale restoration strategy for the Barataria Basin that would re-establish degraded marsh and ridge habitat by mechanically and hydraulically dredging local sediment sources. The project would create approximately 6,500 acres of marsh through five large-scale marsh creation increments in central and lower Barataria Basin that would be implemented in multiple design and construction phases. Additional information about this project can be found in the 2012 Coastal Master Plan.
This project is consistent with the Restore and Conserve Habitat programmatic goal, Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitat restoration type, and adaptive management criteria in the PDARP/PEIS. In addition, it would meet the evaluation criteria established by OPA because:
- the project has likely benefits to more than one resource;
- large-scale marsh creation projects result in immediate benefits to habitat and therefore would likely prevent ongoing and future injuries to the same types of habitats affected by the DWH oil spill;
- collateral injury will be avoided by addressing the potential for collateral impacts in project design and employing best management practices in project implementation;
- there is a high likelihood of success because this project is technically feasible and utilizes proven and established restoration methods used by other projects in the region;
- cost estimates are based on similar past projects, and similar projects have been constructed at a reasonable cost; and
- there would be a positive effect on public health and safety by providing natural protection against storm surge and flooding.
This project is consistent with the Coastal Master Plan. The nexus between the injury and programmatic restoration goal is clear.