Mar 10, 2014 8:48 AM by AP (Photo courtesy MGN Online)
Eight wetland restoration projects are in the running for federal money this year.
The Courier reports the projects include work in both Lafourche and Terrebonne parish and are among 18 others statewide vying for money set aside by the federal Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act.
Simone Maloz, director of Thibodaux-based coastal restoration advocacy group Restore or Retreat, said the process is tedious, but it has aided in a number of projects and was at one time the only source of money to fight the continuing erosion of Louisiana's coastal wetlands.
A task force overseeing the federal money usually allocates between $30 million and $50 million for projects each year.
The latest projects will be further screened in April.