Louisiana Plans $663 Million for Coastal Restoration Plans in '18

January 17, 2017

Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority has submitted its Integrated Ecosystem Restoration & Hurricane Protection in Coastal Louisiana: Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Plan that seeks to make use of money coming to the state from a number of BP Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spills.

The Times-Picayune/NOLA.com reports money coming to the state includes $10.7 billion over the next 15 years for restoration projects, $2.5 billion of which is due from criminal settlements.

The 2018 proposed budget would fund work for :

  • $3.5 million - West Shore Lake Pontchartrain Levee
  • 17.5 million - The New Orleans area's east bank hurricane levee system, officially known as Lake Pontchartrain and Vicinity
  • $10 million - Jean Lafitte Tidal Protection
  • $9 million - Rosethorne Tidal Protection
  • $1.2 million - South Slidell Ring Levee
  • $4.6 million - St. Charles West Bank Hurricane Protection Levee
  • $10.7 million - Mississippi River Long Distance Sediment Pipeline
  • $5 million - Bayou Bonfouca Marsh Creation
  • $47 million - Completion of segments of both the east bank and West Bank hurricane levee system in the New Orleans area
  • $15 million - Ongoing construction of the Morganza to the Gulf levee around Houma
  • $39 million - Operation, maintenance for 143 completed projects and monitoring costs for 109 projects

For a list of construction projects in the FY 2018 Annual Plan, click here: