Lake Borgne Marsh Creation Project: Increment One
The Lake Borgne Marsh Creation Project is a large-scale restoration strategy for the southwestern shoreline of Lake Borgne that would re-establish the bay rim and intertidal marsh habitat that has degraded. The comprehensive project would restore approximately 4,100 acres of marsh habitat and be implemented in three increments, though multiple design and construction phases. Additional information about this project can be found in Louisiana’s 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.