Project Page

Queen Bess Island Restoration Project

Implementing Organization

State of Louisiana


DWH Project Funding


Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA


Project Category


Project Actions

Species Restoration

Targeted Resources

Birds/Bird Habitat

Project Description

During the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, approximately 134 million barrels of oil and other substances were released into the Gulf of Mexico. This affected many coastal Louisiana islands, including Queen Bess Island, which provides important habitat for threatened and endangered bird species and species of concert (e.g., Least Tern [Sternula antillarum], Black Skimmer [Rynchops niger] and Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis]). Currently, Queen Bess Island has approximately 5 acres of suitable nesting and brood-rearing bird habitat for other colonial nesting species. This project is designed to create 30 acres of Brown Pelican habitat and 7 acres of tern and skimmer habitat. This would be accomplished by filling the southern cell (Cell 3) with river sand to 3.5-5 feet above sea level, and gradually sloping fill material downward through Cell 2 from southwest to northeast. Cell 1 would receive the least sand fill material, leaving this cell immediately available for colonial waterbird nesting and brood-rearing habitat following construction. This design allows for a variety of vegetation growth and nesting substrate options, including a 7-acre unvegetated, upland tern/skimmer habitat platform topped with crushed limestone in Cell 3, scrub-shrub in Cells 2 and 3, and black mangrove and marsh grasses in Cell 1. A tidal exchange point in Cell 1 would promote or enhance fish access in this cell. Breakwaters would be installed on the island's northeast side to reduce potential scour at the tidal exchange point and the southwest side to dissipate wage energy, providing young birds with a calm water environment. This design on "More Info" link below


Katie Freer
(225) 342-4635
Project Website
Project Partners


Affiliated Institutions


+ View Raw Data