The state’s coastal authority approved sending a request for $38.3 million to the U.S. Department of Treasury for coastal restoration projects.
The RESTORE Act, signed into law in July 2012, dedicated 80 percent of the Clean Water Act penalties from the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster to go to the states through five different funding methods.
The U.S. Department of Treasury is in charge of money paid directly to the five Gulf states affected by the disaster.
The state is required to put together a multiyear plan of how it will spend the money received through this direct component of the act.
Louisiana’s plan asks for:
$16 million to help complete engineering and design on the Houma Navigational Canal Lock Complex
$16 million for continuing design on Calcasieu Ship Channel salinity control measures
$2.4 million on adaptive management programming, enabling the state to adjust operations of projects as new information becomes available
$3.9 million to help parishes pursue coastal projects that aren’t currently included in the state’s coastal master plan.
Earlier this month, representatives from BP, the Gulf states and the federal government announced an agreement in principle on a settlement that would dictate how much money could be available through the Clean Water Act civil penalties, a portion of which would flow to the RESTORE Act.
Louisiana stands to receive a minimum of $787 million from the Clean Water Act penalties, with the potential for additional money that would be set aside for regional projects that could include Louisiana.
In total, the proposed settlement could bring $5.9 billion to Louisiana for coastal restoration and protection.
The state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority plans to present Louisiana’s priorities for that total settlement funding at the Aug. 6 meeting of the board in Baton Rouge.
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