Friday, September 21, 2012
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – St. John the Baptist Parish was recently awarded a $3,313,182.76 grant for Phase II, the construction phase, of 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 the 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. The project is being completed in two phases with Glenn G. Shaheen and Associates, Inc. and their sub- consultants, Moffatt-Nichol, LaPlace Consultants, PSI, and BFM Corporation. Phase II initiates the construction of the improvements, stretching 11,000 feet from Pleasure Bend westward to Pointe aux Herbes at a cost of $3,313,182.76. The improvements will consist of near-shore breakwaters or on-shore revetments that will protect the existing shoreline from further erosion.
Catherine Schons, a resident of Pleasure Bend, expressed her appreciation for the project. “We are losing a lot of land here, every year, that’s why we need protection so badly. I think I speak for everyone when I say that this project is a wonderful thing for Pleasure Bend and we’re excited to hear that the next phase is starting.”
Phase I of the project consisted of planning, surveying, geotechnical investigations, engineering design and permitting of the proposed improvements at a cost of $507.369.25. The grant for Phase I was awarded in November of 2011.
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. By receiving this award, it is a step closer to protecting homes and property in Pleasure Bend,” said Parish President Robottom.