Hurricane-damaged Louisiana communities celebrate $14.8 million in disaster resilience grants to restore their coastal ecology

On June 6, 2022, Louisiana celebrated the announcement of $14.8 million in grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for new emergency coastal restoration projects designed to boost the climate resilience of vulnerable communities.

The “emergency” status is due to the fact that the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is awarding the grants in response to the hurricane damage that impacted the state in 2021.

The $14,761,299 comes from the Emergency Coastal Resilience program.

Specifically, this funding will help Lake Chien, Dularge Marsh, and Bayou Grand Chenier better withstand natural disasters.

These investments will help make our communities more resilient against future storms by caring for Louisiana’s coastal wetlands in Terrebonne and Plaquemines Parishes,” said Senator John Kennedy.

Kennedy says his ongoing support for coastal resilience was a key factor in securing this funding.

The grants will fund the following:

  • $5,025,037 to the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority for the “Bayou Grand Cheniere Marsh Creation” project;
  • $5,455,744 to the Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government for the “Installing a Living Shoreline on Lake Chien” project; and
  • $4,280,518 to the town of Dularge in Terrebonne Parish for the “Increasing Community Resilience through Restoration of Dularge Marsh” project.

Louisiana knows the importance of protecting and restoring our coastlines,” said U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D.

This investment is a step towards protecting our coastal communities and the families that live in them,” he added.

Photo of stilted home for sale in Grand Chenier via Trulia.

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