NEW ORLEANS – Yesterday, the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) Task Force decided to rescind its previous decision to close the West Bay Sediment Diversion (MR-03) in Plaquemines Parish and allow the diversion to remain open. In addition, the Task Force has committed to one more cycle of dredging of the Pilottown Anchorage Area for a cost of $15 million; all material dredged from this area will be used beneficially in the West Bay receiving area.
The goal of the West Bay Sediment Diversion is to restore vegetated wetlands in the area that is currently shallow open water. The project diverts water and sediment to create, nourish, and maintain approximately 9,000 acres of fresh to intermediate marsh in the West Bay area. The CWPPRA program will continue to monitor the wetland benefits of the project through the project life.
Speaking on behalf of the project, CWPPRA Task Force Chairman, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – New Orleans District Col. Edward Fleming said, “This dredging cycle will be beneficial as the CWPPRA program will use 100% of the material to create new land in the West Bay area.”
For additional information about the West Bay Sediment Diversion (MR-03) project visit the project fact sheet here.