Lafourche Parish rebuilding Golden Meadow marsh

GOLDEN MEADOW, La. (AP) — Lafourche Parish is rebuilding Golden Meadow marsh
About 130 acres of marsh have come to life just over the western levee in Golden Meadow.
Parish officials tell The Courier (http://bit.ly/1xM60wm ) the marsh will continue growing as long as money for it becomes available.
In June, the Parish Council passed a measure to provide $250,000 in parish money and $930,000 from Ducks Unlimited to create 30 more acres of marsh there.
Ducks Unlimited was awarded money through the Coastal Restoration Partnership Fund of the state Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority. That money will be matched with money from ConocoPhillips.
Parish Administrator Archie Chaisson said parish officials hope to begin creating another segment of marsh by the end of this year.
The project began on a much larger scale in 2010 with dredging along a local bayou and pumping material into containment dykes.
The new marsh sits just behind Oak Ridge Park. Officials said they chose the location to reduce wave action and to protect the levee.
South Lafourche Levee District Director Windell Curole said an original plan to create about 50 acres of marsh was expanded because of the conditions in the area.
Satellite imagery of the area before the project and after show two totally different landscapes. Before the work began, the area was made up of water and broken marshes. Four years later, the same area was covered with marsh.
"You can see the marsh from space. It's pretty awesome," Chaisson said.
The original $2.3 million for the work came from the Coastal Impact Assistance Program.

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