Louisiana will get $13.2 million to help monitor, and if necessary, change the management of river diversions and barrier island coastal restoration projects.
Known as “adaptive management,” the monitoring and then adapting the operation of a project based on information gleaned from the monitoring has long been identified as essential as the state starts building more complex projects like diversions.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced Monday that more than $13 million from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund will go toward the effort in Louisiana, with the rest of the Gulf states sharing $86 million for projects.
The foundation is in charge of penalties and fines resulting from legal action the U.S. Department of Justice brought against Transocean Ltd. and BP in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Approximately $2.5 billion will be directed to the foundation over a five-year period to be used for natural resource projects in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. So far, Louisiana has received $221 million from the fund, substantially more than the other states.
Florida has received $50 million, Alabama $22 million, Mississippi $28 million and Texas $56 million.
The current round of funding will help Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority evaluate how well diversions and barrier island restorations are working, and then help the state adapt how each is run or managed for better performance.
The project will focus on southeast Louisiana, including Lake Pontchartrain, Breton Sound, Barataria and Terrebonne basins.
The state also received money for planning and design on several diversion projects, including the Mid-Barataria sediment diversion, lower Mississippi River sediment diversion, and the planning involved in increasing the flow of Atchafalaya River water and sediment to Terrebonne Parish.
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