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West Grand Terre Beach Nourishment and Stabilization (Planning)

Implementing Organization

Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA)


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Funding Organization

Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council

Funding Program

The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 2: Comprehensive Plan


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Targeted Resources

Barrier Islands

Project Description

Louisiana's Barataria/Plaquemines barrier island system, which extends approximately twenty-five miles along the shoreline from West Grand Terre to Sandy Point, is experiencing island narrowing and land loss due to a complex interaction of environmental factors, hurricane impacts, and human activity. These barrier islands were also heavily impacted by the April 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The proposed West Grand Terre Beach Nourishment and Stabilization project would restore and enhance dune and back-barrier marsh habitat on the key barrier island of West Grand Terre to provide storm surge and wave attenuation, thereby addressing gulf shoreline erosion, diminished storm surge protection, and the subsidence of back barrier marshes. This is a planning project that includes engineering and design of the West Grand Terre barrier island restoration, leading to construction-ready plans and specifications and the development of an adaptive management plan to guide decision-making for future project maintenance activities.


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Shell Island East constructed with Berms to Barriers funds (PRJID 49); Shell Island West constructed with NRDA funds (PRJID 339).

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