Biscuit Bayou Marsh Enhancement
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
North American Wetlands Conservation Act NAWCA
Habitat Restoration and Enhancement
This project will help offset Louisiana's dramatic coastal land loss. The installation of structures will prohibit the intrusion of saltwater from the Gulf into the fresh marsh of the project area when river stages are low, which will benefit approximately 3,530 acres of fresh marsh on the southwest side of the Terrebonne Basin. Once the structures are installed, the project area will experience an improvement in the quality/quantity of fresh marsh, mudflats, submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) beds, and shallow water ponds. Vegetation health/vigor will improve due to utilization of available nutrients and lack of stress due to a decrease in salt water impacts. The structures will protect the project area from converting to intermediate/brackish/salt marsh types due to the prevention of inland migration of saline waters. This proposal also benefits 280 acres of salt marsh and scrub shrub habitat in the Barataria Basin. Fifi Island will be restored and protected via the installation of 3,490 linear feet of rock breakwaters along Bayou Rigaud to reduce wave action, lessen shoreline erosion, protect/enhance shallow water habitats, provide greater resilience to storms, and improve the overall integrity of Fifi Island. This project is needed to maintain Fifi Island as viable/productive wetlands and wildlife habitat.
Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority of Louisiana, Louisiana Land & Exploration