Livingston Parish likely will embark next year on a coastal restoration project at the mouth of the Amite River with funding from the federal government.

The parish council voted unanimously on Sept. 14 to approve a resolution allowing the project to move forward. 

Mark Harrell, director of homeland security and the office of emergency preparedness, said the project involves dredging the last 3,000 feet of the river as it enters Lake Maurepas and putting that dirt on a small island nearby, to prevent further erosion. 

He said the island and coastline are eroding, and restoring two acres of the island will help slow that process. The project also will involve planting grasses on the coastline.

The parish has been allocated nearly $857,000 from the Gulf Coast Restoration Fund, a trust fund containing civil penalties paid as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The money must be used for coastal restoration.

The federal government is enthusiastic about this project, he said, though it will need final approval.

Also Thursday, the parish council approved the public works department to accept a $320,000 bid from Covington Sales for a truck that can be used to clear grime out of storm drains. 

Public Works Director Sam Digirolamo said about 60 percent of the subdivisions in the parish have curb and gutter drainage, as opposed to the ditches and culverts elsewhere in the parish. 

Right now, the parish just has a culvert cleaner, he said.

He said the new equipment will enable the department to pull grime and silt from the storm drains and manholes. After the floods in August 2016, considerable amounts of silt got inside the drains, clogging them and causing some water backup, he said. 

Digirolamo said he expects to get the truck and start using it this month.

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