Marsh Creation

Large Scale Barataria Restoration

  • Project TypeMarsh Creation
  • Project BasinBarataria Basin
  • ParishJefferson, Lafourche, Plaquemines

This marsh creation project is in Mid-Barataria Bay in the vicinity of Lafitte. Historically, there was a limited hydrological connection between the fresher upper basin and the saltier lower basin. Canal networks, erosion and subsidence have eaten holes through natural barriers, exposing wetlands in the upper basin to saltwater intrusion and increased wave energy. Long identified as a critical landscape feature, this project will build on projects that are already in place or under construction to strengthen the Barataria Land-Bridge. Sediment conveyed from the river through a pipeline will be used to build new marsh, nourish existing marsh in the area, help restore historic salinities in the upper basin and help protect the nearby community of Lafitte from storm surge and tidal flooding.