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Two APTIM Coastal Projects Featured In Louisiana CPRA’s 2021 Year In Review

The following is a condensed version of Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA)'s press release highlighting over a dozen of their projects from 2021. APTIM has worked closely with CPRA over the years to provide engineering, environmental research, construction, and project management services that aid in the protection and restoration of Louisiana coastlines. We are proud of the work we do with CPRA and look forward to continuing this relationship for many years to come.

CPRA 2021 Year in Review Highlighting Agency Accomplishments in Coastal Restoration and Protection

BATON ROUGE, LA – December 30, 2021 – Today, the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) released its 2021 Year in Review outlining the agency’s accomplishments in coastal protection and restoration. This past year saw the advancement of 110 coastal projects, including 47 projects in construction with a total value of $5.4 billion.

“This year we completed 13 projects, all of which proved resilient in the face of devastating hurricanes and tropical storms and served as a tribute to CPRA’s planning, engineering, design and construction methods,” said CPRA Chairman Chip Kline. “We continue to implement even bigger Coastal Master Plan projects, and are pursuing policies that frame our efforts within the context of world climate challenges.”

On the project implementation side, CPRA Executive Director Bren Haase said 2021 has been another banner year in advancing the protection of Louisiana citizens, homes, businesses, infrastructure, and ecosystem. “The 13 projects we completed this year have a total value of $258 million, improving more than 10 miles of protective levees, benefiting more than 4,200 acres of our coastal wetland habitat, and employing 10 dredges pumping tons of sediment,” Haase said. “The projects we have in construction are valued at more than $5 billion, improving 56 additional miles of levees, and replenishing 9,600 acres of vital habitat. We’re proud to continue this important work as we move into the new year.”

Since its creation in 2007, CPRA and its partners have dredged and pumped more than 164 million cubic yards of sediment to benefit 51,625 acres of coastal habitat, created 72 miles of coastal barrier islands and berms, and improved 353 miles of levees.

In 2021, two of CPRA’s major accomplishments where APTIM was involved were:

Hurricane Protection

  • CPRA broke ground on Phase 1 of the Houma Navigation Canal (HNC) Lock Complex, which will use over 1 million cubic yards of dredged material to prepare the area for the complex and create 178 acres of marsh. Completion of Phase 1 is anticipated for the fall of 2022.
  • CPRA began construction activities on the Golden Triangle Marsh Creation project, which will create and nourish over 770 acres of marsh habitat to reduce storm surge, increase flood protection, and restore estuary habitat in Orleans and St. Bernard parishes. The project will support the New Orleans hurricane protection and levee system by restoring the wetland buffer that acts as a first line of defense against storm surge.

To read the original press release from CPRA, click here.

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