Posted by
Message
MrLSU
LSU Fan
New York/New Orleans/Melbourne/30A
Member since Jan 2004
14587 posts

$130 million approved for Maurepas Swamp river diversion project today
The diversion will flow at a rate of 2000 cfs per day for a period of 6 months per year. This is expected to stop brackish water from entering Lake Maurepas and ultimately make Lake Pontchartrain fresher.

Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoratoin Authority Video

The Maurepas Swamp video revealed at today's announcement

Administered by Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), the project will benefit more than 45,000 acres, providing a wetland buffer that can reduce storm surge for surrounding communities. The goal is to bring fresh water back to the area in Saint John the Baptist Parish.

The project lands include the construction of three 10'x10' box culverts in the Mississippi River Levee. The 5.5 mile-long diversion will start near Garyville and provide sediment and fresh water to existing wetlands in Maurepas Swamp. Other project features include road and railroad crossings, pipeline and utility crossings.

A new two-mile conveyance channel will then flow into the existing Hope Canal, which will be enhanced with small earthen levees for the last 3.5 miles into the Maurepas Swamp outfall area north of I-10.

The total project cost is $200 million. The plan is to break ground in the next two years.


junkfunky
LSU Fan
Member since Jan 2011
27676 posts

re: $130 million approved for Maurepas Swamp river diversion project today
Wow, my coworker's girlfriend is a grad student at LSU and was just telling me about this plan at our office Christmas party.


Replies (0)
Replies (0)
10
TimeOutdoors
Mississippi St. Fan
Depends on the day
Member since Sep 2014
4964 posts

re: $130 million approved for Maurepas Swamp river diversion project today
I remember in the 90’s they were going to do this to the Everglades. Then for the last 20 years they’ve tried to stop the problem they created.


upgrade
LSU Fan
Member since Jul 2011
7306 posts

re: $130 million approved for Maurepas Swamp river diversion project today
quote:

I remember in the 90’s they were going to do this to the Everglades. Then for the last 20 years they’ve tried to stop the problem they created.



Care to go into more detail?


DownshiftAndFloorIt
LSU Fan
Here
Member since Jan 2011
53119 posts

re: $130 million approved for Maurepas Swamp river diversion project today
An annual fresh water flushing is what that swamp needs. Its dying a slow miserable death right now.


wickowick
LSU Fan
Head of Island
Member since Dec 2006
41008 posts

re: $130 million approved for Maurepas Swamp river diversion project today


Replies (0)
Replies (0)
70
iron banks
LSU Fan
Destrehan
Member since Jul 2014
2279 posts

re: $130 million approved for Maurepas Swamp river diversion project today
This actually makes sense. It will improve the health of the swamp and also improve freshwater fishing.


Replies (0)
Replies (0)
161
DMAN1968
Member since Apr 2019
645 posts

re: $130 million approved for Maurepas Swamp river diversion project today
quote:

The plan is to break ground in the next two years.

This has been talked about for quite some time, almost 2 decades or more...takes forever to get anything done...swamp will be half dead before they move the first shovel full. It is a shame.


jdavid1
Member since Jan 2014
1835 posts

re: $130 million approved for Maurepas Swamp river diversion project today


Replies (0)
Replies (0)
60
DownshiftAndFloorIt
LSU Fan
Here
Member since Jan 2011
53119 posts

re: $130 million approved for Maurepas Swamp river diversion project today
Its 3/4 dead now.

I just hope they do it and properly manage it. One good flush will make a drastic difference.


TD SponsorTD Fan
USA
Member since 2001
Thank you for supporting our sponsors
Advertisement
wickowick
LSU Fan
Head of Island
Member since Dec 2006
41008 posts

re: $130 million approved for Maurepas Swamp river diversion project today
quote:

I just hope they do it and properly manage it. One good flush will make a drastic difference.



The 2016 flood helped a lot...


Replies (0)
Replies (0)
50
omegaman66
LSU Fan
greenwell springs
Member since Oct 2007
14060 posts

re: $130 million approved for Maurepas Swamp river diversion project today
Good news. This project has been on again off again for awhile. I hope they design it to flush the water through the swamp west of I 10 and not just funnel it straight down Blind River.

That whole swamp has become a dead zone for fish and ducks because of a solid mat of green death blocking light from entering the water.


upgrade
LSU Fan
Member since Jul 2011
7306 posts

re: $130 million approved for Maurepas Swamp river diversion project today
quote:

This has been talked about for quite some time, almost 2 decades or more



I remember going to a public meeting about this. I think it was around 2001 or 2002. They said that it could be in service as soon as 2012.


Replies (0)
Replies (0)
30
lotik
LSU Fan
Member since Jul 2018
112 posts
 Online 

re: $130 million approved for Maurepas Swamp river diversion project today




This post was edited on 2/13 at 7:39 am


Icansee4miles
LSU Fan
Trolling the Tickfaw
Member since Jan 2007
23646 posts

re: $130 million approved for Maurepas Swamp river diversion project today
Sorely needed to save the swamp, but guessing it won’t do wonders for the saltwater fishing at the twin spans, trestles and such.


TrueBaldPate
LSU Fan
BR
Member since Dec 2019
209 posts

re: $130 million approved for Maurepas Swamp river diversion project today
How long till the Mallards pile in?


Rollwave034
Member since Feb 2013
338 posts

re: $130 million approved for Maurepas Swamp river diversion project today
How are they going to fund the remaining $70 million? This project will never go anywhere


classicgold
LSU Fan
bfe
Member since Feb 2017
1718 posts
 Online 

re: $130 million approved for Maurepas Swamp river diversion project today
Welp my former employer is probably ecstatic. They will probably be managing this grant for CPRA with La OCD.


Replies (0)
Replies (0)
00
lotik
LSU Fan
Member since Jul 2018
112 posts
 Online 

re: $130 million approved for Maurepas Swamp river diversion project today
"A total of $130,000,000 is being requested from FPL 3a to fund construction of the River Reintroduction into Maurepas Swamp Project. The amount requested is not inclusive of the total construction estimate of $190,000,000. The remainder of construction funds will likely be requested from the Spill Impact Component and/or other source(s) to take advantage of leveraging opportunities described above involving the combined construction of the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Project and River Reintroduction into Maurepas Swamp project as it relates to the shared components of both projects."

Source


Replies (0)
Replies (0)
20
dandyjohn
LSU Fan
New Orleans
Member since Apr 2009
27 posts

re: $130 million approved for Maurepas Swamp river diversion project today
quote:

Sorely needed to save the swamp, but guessing it won’t do wonders for the saltwater fishing at the twin spans, trestles and such.


Exactly what I was wondering. Not that I really care, I'll find trout elsewhere, but this will definitely bring more freshwater in.

That said, if it also brings more land in, it's a good thing.


first pageprev pagePage 1 of 4next pagelast page

Back to top

logoFollow TigerDroppings for LSU Football News
Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to get the latest updates on LSU Football and Recruiting.

FacebookTwitterInstagram