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NOAA CRP RESTORATION PROJECTS
YEAR 2010 - CRP Project #9003 (Gulf of Mexico)

Project #9003
Jefferson Parish Lafitte Terrace Planting

Jefferson, Louisiana

Volunteers plant spartina on terraces.
Volunteers plant spartina on terraces.

Project name:   Jefferson Parish Lafitte Terrace Planting  
Project number:   9003  
Project status:   In Progress  
Grant Administrator:   Gulf of Mexico Foundation (for NOAA)  
Grantee:   Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs  
Project location:   Jefferson Parish, LA  
Grant period:   Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2020  
Grant amount:   $18,391  
Land Ownership:   Privately held by Madison Land Company  
Lat/Long:   -90.08478, 29.60183  
Types of Habitat:   Brackish Marsh  
Project leader:   Marnie Winter, Director
Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs
4901 Jefferson Highway, Suite E
Jefferson, LA 70121
www.jeffparish.net
 

Species Benefiting From Restoration:
   Marsh hay (Spartina Patens)
   Brazoria Seashore Paspalum (Paspalum vaginatum)
   Widgeon grass (Ruppia)
   Pond weed (Potamogepon)
   Other salt tolerant plants
   Mangroves
   Seagrass beds
   Coral reefs
   Other coastal habitat
   Marine mammals
   Sea Turtles

Acres of Habitat To be Restored:
The project will create 3 acres of brackish marsh habitat.

Project Summary:
Significant erosion along the banks of the Barataria Bay Waterway has deteriorated and exposed the adjacent marsh to increased water exchange, tidal energy and salt water intrusion, thus resulting in many acres of marsh loss. To begin re-establishing marsh that had converted to open water, 29,000 linear feet of earthen terraces were constructed. However, the crowns of the terraces and some shoreline edge remain non-vegetated and exposed to wind. This project will restore approximately 3 acres of brackish marsh habitat through the use of volunteer labor to plant a minimum of 6,000 salt tolerant plants on the crown of existing terraces located in a highly eroded marsh area adjacent to the Barataria Bay Waterway in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.

Project Objectives:
The goal of this project will be to re-establish brackish marsh vegetation to counteract high rates of subsidence, shoreline erosion and marsh loss, and to create 3 acres of brackish marsh habitat while encouraging submerged aquatic vegetation for migratory birds, shellfish, local fish species and other wildlife. Establishing vegetation on the crowns of the earthen terraces will act as a buffer against wind to reduce wave energy and allow aquatic vegetation to grow around and between the terraces. The aquatic vegetation will provide fish and shellfish nursery grounds while providing food for waterfowl. Volunteers will plant a minimum of 6,000 salt tolerant plants, which may include Spartina Patens and Brazoria Seashore Paspalum to reinforce portions of 29,000 linear feet of pre-constructed 15-foot wide by 1,000-foot long segmented earthen terraces.

Community Involvement:
The planting events will include community involvement through the use of volunteers to help with the planting on the terraces and will also have an educational component by providing educational materials at the planting events.

PROJECT PHOTOS
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A terrace 22 months after planting
A terrace 22 months after planting

Aerial view of newly constructed terraces
Aerial view of newly constructed terraces

Map of project site in relation to Lafitte, Louisiana
Map of project site in relation to Lafitte, Louisiana

Monitoring sample locations
Monitoring sample locations

Photos by Jefferson Parish DEA

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PROJECT PARTNERS

NOAA Restoration Center

Gulf of Mexico Foundation

Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs
Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs

Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program

Madison Land Company, Inc.

Camp Club, Inc.

Jefferson Parish Marine Fisheries Advisory Board

Bayou Land Resource Conservation and Development

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