Locations of FY 2020 coastal restoration and hurricane risk reduction projects in the southeast coastal region. LA CPRA

Lousiana to spend $783M on coastal restoration, levees in 2020

The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority expects to have 23 levee and coastal restoration projects under construction in Southeastern Louisiana during fiscal year 2020 and another 20 projects will undergo engineering and design work, the authority’s new executive director said during a public hearing in New Orleans Wednesday evening (Jan. 30).

The projects are included in the authority’s proposed $783 million coastal annual plan, which outlines how money will be spent on wetlands and land restoration and hurricane storm surge risk reduction projects that are part of the state’s $50 billion, 50-year coastal Master Plan.

The annual plan was the subject of a public hearing Wednesday at the Lakefront Airport in New Orleans. During the hearing, new CPRA executive director Bren Haase said the list of projects includes continued construction of a major restoration project in Plaquemines Parish.

“I think the biggest marsh and ridge restoration project that the state’s ever undertaken is located in Plaquemines Parish, the Spanish Pass project,” Haase said.

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