Final Integrated Construction Report and EIS Released

The Final Integrated Construction Report and Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Barataria Basin Barrier Shoreline Restoration project is currently available for 30-day public review. This report outlines the plan to restore the barrier shoreline ecosystem and significantly reduce the loss of estuarine and freshwater wetlands in the area of Caminada Headland in Lafourche and Jefferson Parishes and Shell Islands in Plaquemines Parish, LA. The review period ends April 30, 2012. Contact: Dr. William P. Klein, Jr. 504-862-2540.

Project Description
This project is currently suspended under the LCA Program. For the most current information, please refer to the information provided at the US Army Corps of Engineers Project Site here.

Image of the Barataria Basin Barrier Shoreline

The Barataria Basin Barrier Shoreline is the regional segment of the Gulf Coast of the Louisiana that is situated between the west bank of the Mississippi River at the active delta and the eastern shore of Terrebonne Bay. The project consists of two reaches. The Caminada Headland is located at the southern end of Lafourche and Jefferson Parishes. Shell Island is part of the Plaquemines Parish barrier island chain.

The purpose of the proposed action is to restore the geomorphic (physical) function of the barrier island. Restoration of the shoreline and coastal marshes of Caminada Headland and Shell Island would restore critical habitat, form and function, and long-term sustainability of the barrier shoreline.

Shoreline restoration and protection at Caminada Headland and Shell Island is needed to stabilize the geomorphic features and reduce the rapid rate of shoreline loss. Materials will be pumped from offshore (Caminada) and riverine (Shell Island) sources to restore the dune, shoreline, and interior marsh habitats. The restoration of the shoreline and marsh will protect the interior marsh and chenier ridge habitats for essential fish and wildlife species by providing a buffer from the marine influences of the Gulf of Mexico.