$700,000 awarded for anti-erosion project
The federal Minerals Management Service has approved a grant of just under $700,000 to Tangipahoa Parish for the first phase of a shoreline protection project on the northern edge of Lake Pontchartrain.
The money will be used for engineering and design, land rights and administrative costs.
The project is located about 15 miles southeast of Ponchatoula.
The second phase will include construction of a breakwater system to reduce wave energy - and erosion - along the lake.
That system is expected to extend about 18,000 feet from Pass Machac to the Tangipahoa River.
The money comes from the Coastal Impact Assistance Program through the federal energy act of 2005.