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CAMERON, Louisiana — Restoration of TeBo Point on Grand Lake in Cameron Parish could begin next year if state coastal restoration authorities approve the proposal.

Chad Courville, land manager of Miami Corp., the company that owns much of the property in the TeBo Point area, asked the Chenier Plain Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority to send a letter to the state's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority to reconsider the 12-year-old proposal and move ahead with construction.

The American Press reported (http://bit.ly/1eOXZNb) the Chenier Plain board has agreed to the request.

Located on the south bank of Grand Lake, TeBo Point is the final leg of a $10 million project designed to protect the lake's shoreline. Courville said the area is eroding at a rate of five feet per year and must be stabilized to protect nearby marshes.

"If that lake rim were to breach into the interior marshes, you'd have rapid shoreline loss and rapid interior marsh loss," Courville said. "Grand Lake wants to expand from shoreline erosion and we're trying to keep that contained."

Courville said if the state coastal authority agrees to move ahead with the restoration of TeBo Point, construction could begin early next year and be completed within six months.

The Chenier board also approved drafting a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers to oppose the Waters of the United States bill. Introduced in Congress with backing from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps, the proposal aims to reduce confusion about Clean Water Act protection and clarify the types of waters protected under that act.

Laurie Cormier, assistant planner and coastal zone manager for the Calcasieu Police Jury, said the bill would change the definition of U.S. waters, including dry ditches, wetlands, narrow rivers and streams, seasonal streams and snow melt in addition to navigable waters.

"The proposed new rule calls for regulatory requirements, which will create a major burden to the parishes of southwest Louisiana," Cormier said. "It will cause more delays and add more paperwork and time. It will slow down business expansion and by adding wetland mitigation to the new rule it will severely alter the benefit cost ratio on restoration projects," Cormier said.


Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com

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