DU dedicates three coastal restoration projects in Terrebonne Parish

More than 2,500 acres restored via Liner Canal, Carencro Bayou and Lost Lake projects, DU says

More than 2,500 acres of in Terrebonne Parish were restored through three coastal restoration projects recently completed through Ducks Unlimited.

According to a news release, three separate projects — Liner Canal, Carencro Bayou and Lost Lake — were dedicated in a ceremony earlier this week at the Falgout Canal Marina in Theriot.

“The Gulf Coast is the continent’s single most important wintering area for waterfowl, and it’s being lost at a staggering rate,” DU Coastal Restoration Specialist Leslie Suazo said. “Protecting and restoring coastal marsh and prairie habitat is a top priority for Ducks Unlimited.

“Our Gulf Coast Initiative addresses the need for coastal restoration through direct habitat delivery and advocacy, guided by the best available science.”

The Liner Canal project will benefit hundreds of acres of fresh and intermediate marsh by increasing freshwater flow into an area threatened by saltwater intrusion.

The Lost Lake project used 423 concrete wave attenuation devices to protect the shoreline there and stabilize eroding coastal marsh.

For Carencro Bayou, the project restored freshwater and sediment inputs to more than 1,500 acres of coastal marsh, including a wave control structure to control salinity and maximize the flow of freshwater from the Atchafalaya River and Bayou Penchant.

“Terrebonne Parish has some of the most dramatic rates of wetland loss on the Louisiana coast,” Suazo said. “Ducks Unlimited is pleased to work with our many partners from the public and private sectors to see these projects finally come to fruition.”

In addition to Ducks Unlimited’s Gulf Coast Initiative sponsors, ConocoPhillips, Apache Louisiana Minerals LLC, Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, NOAA and NAWCC, partners on the projects included Terrebonne Parish, the Moore-Odom Wildlife Foundation and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.