COASTAL WETLANDS PLANNING, PROTECTION AND RESTORATION ACT

PROJECT STATUS REPORT as of 6-Dec-2019

Bayou Labranche Wetland Creation

PROJECT DATA

PROJECT: Bayou Labranche Wetland Creation
PRIORITY LIST: 1 PROJECT NO: 0101 CWPPRA NO: PPO-10 DNR NO: PO-17
PROJECT TYPE: Marsh Creation NET ACRES BENEFITTED: 203
REGION: 1 BASIN: Pontchartrain PARISH: St. Charles
LEAD AGENCY: COE
LOCAL SPONSOR: DEPT. OF NATURAL RESOURCES, STATE OF LA.

MILESTONES:

CSA EXECUTION: 17-Apr-1993 ( Actual )    
DESIGN COMPLETION: 2-Aug-1993 ( Actual )    
CONSTRUCTION START: 6-Jan-1994 ( Actual )    
CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION: 7-Apr-1994 ( Actual )    
ESCROW AMENDMENT 25-Aug-1993 ( Actual ) No: 0
MONITORING PLAN APPROVAL: 16-May-1994 ( Actual )    
O and M PLAN APPROVAL:    
DEAUTHORIZATION DATE:      
CASH FLOW PROECTS:        
Phase 1 Approval: 10/31/1991 ( Actual )    
Phase 2 Approval: 31-Oct-1991 ( Actual )    

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS:

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT: 6 William Cassidy
STATE SENATE DISTRICT: 6 Mack "Bodi" White
STATE HOUSE DISTRICT: 56 Gregory A. Miller

Point of Contact:

DEPT. OF THE ARMY
CORPS OF ENGINEERS

Scott Wandell
Project Manager
CEMVN-PM-OR
7400 Leake Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70160
PHONES:  
Office: (504) 862-1878
Fax: (504) 862-1892

COASTAL WETLANDS PLANNING, PROTECTION AND RESTORATION ACT

PROJECT STATUS REPORT as of 6-Dec-2019

Bayou Labranche Wetland Creation

PROJECT LOCATION:

The project is bounded by U.S. Interstate 10 to the south and Lake Pontchartrain to the north. It is approximately 3 miles northeast of Norco, Louisiana, in St. Charles Parish.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

The project involved dredging sediments from Lake Pontchartrain to create vegetated wetlands in an area roughly bounded by I-10, Lake Pontchartrain, Bayou Labranche and the line dividing R8E and R9E.

PROJECT STATUS: (Project Status Last Updated: 24-Apr-2012 )

Contract awarded to T. L. James Co. (Dredge "Tom James") for dredging approximately 2,500,000 cy of Lake Pontchartrain sediments and placing in marsh creation area. Contract final inspection was performed on April 7, 1994. Site visit by Task Force took place on April 13, 1994. The project is being monitored; the majority of the monitoring has already been completed and is proceeding in accordance as originally planned for this project. The goal of creating a shallow water habitat conducive to the natural establishment of wetland vegetation seems to have been partially met. As sediment continues to consolidate and water is maintained in the area, upland vegetation is expected to be supplanted by more oblilgate wetland species. One project goal is to increase the marsh:open water ratio in the project area to a minimum of 70% emergent marsh to 30% open water after 5 years following project completion. As of 1997, the project area contained about 82% land and 18% water, which is higher than the minimum goal. The consolidation of dredged material over time has reached an elevation that appears to sustain the 70% (land and marsh) component of the project area. The soil properties and the vegetation community of the project have developed into characteristic wetland habitat for the region. The project will be monitored for 20 years. There is no O&M plan for this project; the project's 20 year life expires on 7 Apr 2014.

FUND STATUS:

The current project estimate is $3,717,914 , which includes $3,395,414 for construction first costs, and $321,941 and $560 for 20 years of monitoring and operations and maintenance, respectively.

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