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PARADIS CANAL GATE SELECTED FOR CPRA RESTORE ACT FUNDING
The Paradis Canal Gate, a proposed project of the parish’s West Bank Hurricane Protection Levee, was selected as one of six projects to receive matching grant funding from the state’s Coastal Restoration and Protection Agency (CPRA) yesterday.
“We want to thank CPRA for awarding us these funds,” St. Charles Parish President Larry Cochran said. “They will help us to provide our residents with a critical piece of flood protection on the west bank of St. Charles Parish.”
CPRA announced that the $20 million in projects selected for funding were approved by their board in the initial round of the Parish Matching Program under the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act).
With an estimated total construction cost of $5,081,448, the proposed Paradis Canal Gate will prevent backwater flooding through the Paradis Canal opening in the West Bank Hurricane Protection Levee. The structure will be an essential piece of the overall levee system that, when closed, will work in tandem with the Magnolia Ridge Pump Station to provide flood protection to the west bank of St. Charles Parish.
The parish plans to pay for the gate using the newly awarded 50% match of $2,540,724, $349,517 from the parish’s RESTORE Act direct component allocation and local funding in the amount of $2,191,207.
“This opportunity was very competitive and we are excited to have been selected for funding in the initial round,” said St. Charles Parish Grants Officer Carla Chiasson. “Grants have played a major part in funding this levee, so we are continuing to seek new opportunities.”
ABOUT THE CPRA RESTORE ACT FUNDING
According to CPRA, the Parish Matching Program is designed to help parishes leverage project funding to design and/or construct projects that might otherwise not be initiated or completed and to accelerate the timeline on projects that might otherwise have to wait to be fully funded out of a parish’s RESTORE Act funds.
In all, six projects were selected at a total parish investment of $6.1 million, representing both protection and restoration projects, in the following parishes: Cameron, Lafourche, St. Bernard, St. Charles, Tangipahoa and Vermilion. In order to meet the Federal requirements for this funding, CPRA will work with the parishes to incorporate these projects into an amendment to the State’s RESTORE Plan, which will be published for public comment early next year. Additional rounds of funding will be announced in the future.
“We are always looking for ways to make parish and state funds go farther and this program serves as an excellent model for how to partner at the state and local level to maximize project outcomes,” said Johnny Bradberry, Chairman of the CPRA Board.
The mission of St. Charles Parish government is to provide high quality, efficient services to sustain and enhance the quality of life for all residents of St. Charles Parish.
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CAPTION: Photos of the Ellington Levee under construction, the completed Willowridge Pump Station and the completed Willowdale T-Wall (bottom).