NOAA 2003-R951
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Aja Sae-Kung
9/9/03
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NOAA AWARDS OVER $1.3 MILLION
TO LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded a grant of more than $1.3 million to the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources for habitat conservation. All activities will be focused on providing solutions to the high rate of coastal habitat loss in Louisiana, which threatens the productivity of the region’s fisheries as well as the coastal infrastructure and population. NOAA is an agency of the Commerce Department.

The award, provided by the NOAA Restoration Center, will support habitat restoration activities on the Raynie Refuge, Four Mile Cut, and Grand Isle under the direction of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources. The funds are intended to protect and enhance fisheries habitat in coastal Louisiana, while decreasing the high rate of land loss due to erosion and subsidence in these systems. Emergent marsh will be created at Rainey Refuge, an innovative demonstration project to reduce wave fetch will occur at Four Mile Cut, and an engineering feasibility study to protect Grand Isle will be implemented.

“NOAA and the Bush Administration are constantly working to improve the understanding of our environment to strengthen regional initiatives, such as fishery habitat restoration in Louisiana,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “This grant to the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources will help advance knowledge critical to those efforts in coastal Louisiana.”

In fiscal year 2003, NOAA has awarded more than 618 grants totaling more than $303 million to members of the academic, scientific and business communities to assist the agency in fulfilling its mission to study the Earth’s natural systems in order to predict environmental change, manage ocean resources, protect life and property, and provide decision makers with reliable scientific information. NOAA goals and programs reflect a commitment to these basic responsibilities of science and service to the nation for the past 33 years.

The NOAA Restoration Center (RC), within the NOAA Fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation, promotes strong partnerships at the national, regional and local level to enhance living marine resources to benefit the nation's fisheries by restoring their habitat. More information about the RC can be found at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/habitat/restoration.

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) is dedicated to protecting and preserving our nation’s living marine resources through scientific research, management, enforcement and the conservation of marine mammals and other protected marine species and their habitat. To learn more about NOAA Fisheries, please visit http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov.

The Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources. To learn more about NOAA, please visit http://www.noaa.gov.