Nov. 8, 2012
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Office of Community Development-Disaster Recovery Unit announced the completion of three projects in Terrebonne Parish using more than $1.3 million in disaster recovery Community Development Block Grant dollars from the state's Fisheries Infrastructure program.
The three projects and award amounts are:
- $939,623 for Operation Boat Launches in South Houma, Ashland and Texas Gulf Road;
- $221,464 for Houma Marina Safe Harbor in Houma; and
- $165,513 for Bourg Company Canal in Bourg.
OCD Executive Director Pat Forbes said, "These projects will make commercial and recreational fishing more resilient in the future, contributing to the long-term sustainability of this industry and way of life in Terrebonne Parish. That's critical as we continue the recovery from the hurricanes."
Terrebonne Parish President Michel Claudet said, "Residents and visitors to Terrebonne Parish certainly know that we take pride in being the Saltwater Fishing Capital of the World. Here in Louisiana's Bayou Country, these additional boat launches will give residents and visitors further access to our great fishing and the natural beauty of our waterways."
Storm-hardening repairs and renovations such as bulkhead installations, parking area upgrades and refurbished launch sites were made at the South Houma Fire Station Boat Launch, the Ashland Boat Launch and the Texas Gulf Road Boat Launch. All three Operation Boat Launches projects provide free public access to the landings.
To provide marine vessels with a safe inland harbor during emergency situations, the Houma Marina Safe Harbor project in downtown Houma involved dredging the mooring areas and installing 14 mooring piles in Bayou Terrebonne, as well as installing seven piles on either side of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. In addition, an Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible fishing pier for the non-boating public was constructed at the intersection of Bayou Terrebonne and the GIWW.
In an effort to increase the safe harbor capacity in Terrebonne Parish, the Bourg Company Canal project consisted of installing two miles of 111 mooring piles, starting at the junction of Company Canal and Louisiana Highway 24 and ending at the junction of Company Canal and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. This has created unobstructed, continual access to mooring piles, which will reduce the number of damaged vessels during future storms and protect the livelihoods of commercial fishers.
The Fisheries Infrastructure program was created by the state's OCD-DRU to help restore and replace the fisheries infrastructure that was devastated by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In 2008, the federal department of Housing and Urban Development approved the state's request to allocate $19 million in CDBG dollars to the program.
Projects were selected based on expected positive impacts to fisheries infrastructure.
The Disaster Recovery Unit within the Office of Community Development is dedicated to helping Louisiana's citizens recover from hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike. As the state's central point for hurricane recovery, the OCD-DRU manages the most extensive rebuilding effort in American history, working closely with local, state and federal partners to ensure that Louisiana recovers safer and stronger than before.