Shoreline Protection at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
The National Park Service proposes to restore SAV habitat by constructing breakwaters along the shorelines of Lake Cataouatche, Lake Salvador, and Bayou Bardeaux, and to add material where needed to raise the elevation of the existing features to match the elevation of the new construction. Further, it may be possible to integrate marsh creation features and/or SAV planting activities into the project.
This project is consistent with the Restore and Conserve Habitat programmatic goal, Habitat Projects on Federally Managed Lands restoration type, and adaptive management criteria in the PDARP/PEIS. In addition, it would meet the evaluation criteria established by OPA because:
- The project benefits more than one resource (restore injured habitats on federally managed lands, restore water quality through reduction in suspended sediment and excess nutrients in the water column as waves are attenuated, replenishes and protects living coastal and marine resources, including SAV and a variety of fish and wildlife through habitat improvement);
- The project would prevent future injury to the area by reducing wave action on the shorelines;
- There is a high likelihood of success because similar projects in nearby, similar locations have proven technically feasible, and will utilize state of the art modeling and techniques with established methods and documented results; and
- There would be a positive effect on public health and safety by providing natural storm protection for surrounding communities.
This project is consistent with the Coastal Master Plan. The nexus between the injury and programmatic restoration goal is clear.