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 “For decades, we have fought to protect and preserve our home -- the abundant natural resources, coastal areas and unique culture found here in south Louisiana.  We’ve certainly faced challenges, but these investments will give us the opportunity to make an historic down payment on a 50-year plan to protect our families and businesses, restore the natural processes that built Louisiana’s delta, and ensure that our coast continues to be both a Sportsman’s Paradise and a hub for commerce and industry.”
- Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal
 

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​Louisiana Marshes | Credit: Andrew Kornylak

​Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund in Louisiana

Current Projects

Since November 2013, after consultation with the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) and NOAA, NFWF has awarded over $212 million from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund for  six projects in the state of Louisiana.

The projects reflect the fundamental components of Louisiana’s comprehensive Coastal Master Plan and focus on actions to restore barrier islands and river diversions, in accordance with the terms of the plea agreements.  These investments in planning, engineering and design, and construction are critical to the implementation of the Coastal Master Plan and to the long-term sustainability of one of the most productive, unique and imperiled coastal and estuarine ecosystems in the world.

Click on the project title for more information:

Caminada Beach and Dune Increment II:

Engineering & Design

​Construction

East Timbalier Island: Engineering & Design

Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion: Engineering & Design

Lower Mississippi River Sediment Diversions: Planning

Increase Atchafalaya Flow to Terrebonne: Planning

Future Projects

NFWF is engaged in consultation with the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, FWS and NOAA to identify priority projects for future consideration under the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund.  Final approval of future projects is anticipated in late 2014.

About the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund

NFWF’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund was established in early 2013 as a result of two plea agreements resolving the criminal cases against BP and Transocean after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The agreements direct a total of $2.544 billion to NFWF over a five-year period. The funds are to be used to support projects that remedy harm to natural resources that were affected by the spill.

Learn more about NFWF’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund.

The Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund in Louisiana

In Louisiana, the plea agreements required that the funds be allocated solely to barrier island restoration projects and river diversion projects along the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers. NFWF must give appropriate consideration to Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan and the Louisiana Coastal Area Mississippi River Hydrodynamic and Delta Management Study.  Under the allocation formula and other provisions contained in the plea agreements, the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund will receive $1.272 billion over a five-year period for project expenditures in the state of Louisiana.

For more information on the State of Louisiana’s process for identifying priority Gulf Coast restoration projects, visit the CPRA website: http://coastal.louisiana.gov

The Oil Spill in Louisiana

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill exacerbated the ongoing crisis and increased Louisiana’s urgency to protect and restore its fragile coast. Oil from this disaster continues to impact Louisiana’s coastal areas and affects countless species and habitats in Louisiana’s unique estuarine landscape. Oil was observed on nearly 25 percent of the coastal area surveyed in Louisiana, and over 11 million pounds of oily material have been removed from Louisiana since June 2011. Oil can still be found on more than 200 miles of Louisiana’s coastline.

In the wake of the spill, the path forward in Louisiana began with a distinct focus. After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Louisiana Legislature created the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and required that it develop a plan for a safe and sustainable coast. Building on the first master plan adopted in 2007, the current plan identified the restoration of barrier islands and the establishment of river diversions as cornerstones of a comprehensive approach to protect and restore these fragile resources. The Plea Agreements that guide the implementation of the Gulf Fund adopt these fundamental components.