Large-Scale Barataria Marsh Creation

This marsh creation project is in Mid-Barataria Basin in the vicinity of the town of Lafitte. Historically, there was a limited connection between the fresher upper basin and the saltier lower basin. Canal networks, erosion and subsidence have eaten holes through the natural barriers, exposing wetlands in the upper basin to saltwater intrusion and waves. A critical landscape feature, this project will continue to build on marsh creation projects that have been constructed or are under construction to strengthen the Barataria Landbridge. Sediment conveyed from the river through a pipeline will be used to build new marsh, nourish existing marsh in the area, help restore historic low salinities in the upper basin and help protect the nearby community of Lafitte from storm surge and tidal flooding.

Fish and Waterfowl Benefits

Restoration and renourishment of the Barataria Land-Bridge will help protect the 30,000 acre Salvador/Timken Wildlife Management Area and Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve, located in the upper part of the Barataria Basin, from the devastating effects of saltwater intrusion and damage from storms. Both of these areas provide freshwater habitat to waterfowl, deer, bass, catfish and other species and recreational opportunities to sportsman.