WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that the Freshwater Bayou Canal Shoreline Protection Project will receive $508,037 in funding from the Department of Treasury’s Office of Gulf Coast Restoration.
The project includes the design, permitting, and construction of a 10,600-feet foreshore rock dike along Freshwater Bayou Canal in Vermilion Parish. The project will tie into an existing shoreline protection structure and will extend northward toward the opening at Little Vermilion Bay. The completed rock dike will protect the shoreline and adjacent marsh from further erosion and saltwater intrusion.
Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:
“Freshwater Bayou is a critical access point for commercial fishing and offshore oil supply vessels moving between the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico. We want to ensure that this gateway and the surrounding marsh are responsibly maintained. This investment helps with marsh restoration and builds on the $155 million in coastal funding that we announced earlier this year. My office will continue prioritizing water management, flood mitigation, and coastal restoration efforts across South Louisiana.”