COASTAL WETLANDS PLANNING, PROTECTION AND RESTORATION ACT

PROJECT STATUS REPORT as of 6-Dec-2019

South Grand Chenier Marsh Creation – Baker Tract

PROJECT DATA

PROJECT: South Grand Chenier Marsh Creation – Baker Tract
PRIORITY LIST: 23 PROJECT NO: CWPPRA NO: ME-32 DNR NO: ME-32
PROJECT TYPE: Marsh Creation NET ACRES BENEFITTED: 393
REGION: 0 BASIN: Mermentau PARISH: Cameron
LEAD AGENCY: NRCS
LOCAL SPONSOR: DEPT. OF NATURAL RESOURCES, STATE OF LA

MILESTONES:

CSA EXECUTION: 30-Jun-2015 *    
DESIGN COMPLETION: 30-Nov-2016 *    
CONSTRUCTION START: 30-Nov-2017 *    
CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: 30-Nov-2018 *    
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Phase 1 Approval: 1/16/2014 ( Actual )    
Phase 2 Approval: 20-Jan-2017 *    

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CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT: 3 Charles W. Boustany
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COASTAL WETLANDS PLANNING, PROTECTION AND RESTORATION ACT

PROJECT STATUS REPORT as of 6-Dec-2019

South Grand Chenier Marsh Creation – Baker Tract

PROJECT LOCATION:

The project is located in Region 4, Mermentau Basin/Chenier Sub-basin, Grand Chenier, Cameron Parish, in the Hog Bayou Watershed (Watershed) Coast 2050 Mapping Unit. The Watershed mapping unit is bordered by Lower Mud Lake to the west, the Gulf of Mexico to the south, Rockefeller Refuge to the east, and LA Hwy 82 to the north (Figure 1).

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

Marshes within the Hog Bayou Unit are stressed due to limited freshwater input and seasonal salinity spikes exacerbated by construction of the Mermentau Ship Channel. Other contributors to land loss in the area are subsidence, compaction, and erosion of organic soils. Currently, the project area is characterized as large open water with degraded areas of wetland vegetation and low organic production. The dredging of the Mermentau River Ship Channel increased tidal amplitude and salt water intrusion into the watershed. Increased tidal exchange and salinities entered Hog Bayou from that channel and Beach Prong of Hog Bayou (Nichols 1955). Gulf shoreline erosion recorded as high as 40 feet/year is also a watershed problem (Byrnes and McBride, 1995, Nichols, 1955). The project goal is to create new wetland habitat, restore degraded marsh, and reduce wave erosion of organic soils. The project would promote the expansion of emergent marsh and submerged aquatic vegetation throughout the project area. Proposed Project Features: 1) Approximately 420 acres of marsh will be created and nourished using material dredged from the Gulf of Mexico. 2) Retention levees will be degraded and approximately 11,756 linear feet of tidal creeks will be constructed by tracking marsh buggies on the marsh platform (30 feet-wide by 1 to 2 feet-deep) for estuarine fisheries access. 3) Smooth cordgrass plugs will be planted on 20-foot centers throughout the areas (total 49,268 plants)

PROJECT STATUS: (Project Status Last Updated: 28-Nov-2016 )

Project design is on hold due to difficulty in obtaining landrights.

FUND STATUS:

The current project estimate is $2,653,242 , which includes $2,653,242 for construction first costs, and $0 and $0 for 20 years of monitoring and operations and maintenance, respectively.

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