Governor Announces Funding For Coastal Restoration Projects


Coastal waters flow through deteriorating wetlands on August 22, 2019 in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Coastal waters flow through deteriorating wetlands on August 22, 2019 in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Gov. John Bel Edwards says over $230 million in money from the Deepwater Horizon settlement will be used for coastal restoration.

Edwards announced yesterday that the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group had approved using the oil spill settlement money to help restore wetlands in Plaquemines and Terrebonne Parishes.

The approved projects are expected to restore wetland, coastal, and nearshore habitats, including bird nesting grounds.

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill is considered the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history, with an estimated 210 million gallons leaked into the Gulf of Mexico.

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