For Immediate Release: October 13, 2008
Contact: Chris Macaluso
Davis Pond Freshwater Diversion Set to Reopen Today
Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration wetland and diversion engineers expect the reopening of the Davis Pond freshwater diversion siphon in St. Charles Parish Tuesday, October 7, bringing much needed freshwater to wetland areas heavily impacted by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.
OCPR Project Operations Manager Thomas Bernard said the diversion, which directs water from the Mississippi River into the northern Barataria Basin, was closed from late August until September 29 because of the two hurricanes. It was briefly reopened but closed again October 5 because of a minor oil spill upriver of the siphon.
Bernard expects as much as 2,500 cubic feet per second of water from the Mississippi River to pass through the siphon and into the marshes in Jefferson and Lafourche Parish through the end of this year, helping to lower the high salinity levels brought by storm surges from Gustav and Ike.
Both storms caused considerable flooding and damage to vegetation throughout the upper Barataria Basin. Water from the Davis Pond siphon will allow the growth of new vegetation essential as fish and wildlife habitat and vital to the health of the wetlands in the Barataria Basin.
OCPR wetland personnel are working with federal agencies to assess damage to wetlands throughout coastal Louisiana in the wake of Gustav and Ike.
Hurricane Gustav made landfall as a powerful Category 2 storm September 1 in Cocodrie, La. Ike, another very strong Category 2 hurricane, made landfall along the eastern Texas coast September 13, bringing storm surges as high as 10 feet or more to coastal Louisiana.
For more information about Louisiana's coastal protection and restoration efforts, please contact Chris Macaluso in the Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration at (225) 342-3968 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority's mandate is to develop, implement and enforce a comprehensive coastal protection and restoration master plan. For the first time in Louisiana's history, this single state authority will integrate coastal restoration and hurricane protection by marshalling the expertise and resources of the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Transportation and Development, and other state agencies, to speak with one clear voice for the future of Louisiana's coast. Working with federal, state and local political subdivisions, including levee districts, the CPRA will work to establish a safe and sustainable coast that will protect our communities, the nation's critical energy infrastructure, and our bountiful natural resources for generations to come. The CPRA of Louisiana was established by Act 8 of the 1st Extraordinary Session of 2005.