Wednesday, November 9, 2011
St. John the Baptist Parish was recently awarded a $3,820,552.01 grant for the West Lac des Allemands Shoreline Protection Project in Pleasure Bend. The award was made by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) through Louisiana’s Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP).
The purpose of this grant is to protect the western shore of Lac des Allemands near the Pleasure Bend community from extensive shoreline erosion that has occurred over the last several decades. Timmy Aucoin, a resident of Pleasure Bend expressed his great appreciation for the project. “This is going to be a great project for our community and we look forward to completion of the project. Many residents in Pleasure Bend have lost much of their property and this will definitely stop it from eroding,” he said. The project will be completed in two phases with Glenn G. Shaheen and Associates, Inc. and their sub- consultants, Moffatt-Nichol, LaPlace Consultants, PSI, and BFM Corporation, providing engineering, design, permitting, and construction administration services.
Phase I of the project consists of planning, surveying, geotechnical investigations, engineering, design, and permitting of the proposed improvements at a cost of $507,369.25. Phase II will consist of the construction of the proposed improvements, stretching 11,000 feet from Pleasure Bend westward to Pointe aux Herbes at a cost of $3,313,182.76. The proposed improvements will consist of near-shore breakwaters or on-shore revetments that will protect the existing shoreline from further erosion. Final plans for the shoreline protection will be determined during the Phase I assessment.
Based on information from the United States Geologic Survey (USGS), the shoreline is eroding at an average rate of 17 feet per year or approximately 2.9 acres per year. “This project has been discussed for years and is now moving forward. Pleasure Bend is not only a great fishing community, but it is home to a number of our residents. This project is intended to stop the erosion and help protect their homes and property,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom.