Henderson dredging project starts soon with funding from Natural Resources
The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and St. Martin Parish announced today that work will begin this week on a cooperative project to excavate channels in Lake Henderson in the Atchafalaya Basin.
DNR Secretary Stephen Chustz said the Atchafalaya Basin Research and Promotion Board approved this project which is aimed at linking several existing boat launches along the western guide levee of the Atchafalaya River and Lake Henderson during low water providing improved access for the public. The project is expected to take three to four months to complete.
Secretary Chustz said the construction cost of the project is approximately $580,000, funded through the department’s Atchafalaya Basin Program.
St. Martin Parish President Guy Cormier said these channels will allow boats to continue to access the Basin from the western guide levee boat launches during low water periods in the area, such as the periodic lowering of Lake Henderson in conjunction with the state’s ongoing hydrilla control program. Another benefit of the project is to deepen water habitat for fish during times when Lake Henderson water levels are low.
Cormier said, “The Atchafalaya Basin is not only a key part of the heritage and history of St. Martin Parish, it is one of the signature natural features of our state, drawing fishermen and tourists from around the state and the nation. “Projects such as this can serve the two important purposes of supporting the ecosystem and expanding access for the public to enjoy the Basin.”
Henderson Mayor Sherbin Collette joined with Cormier in recognizing the value of the project, noting the assistance with hydrilla control, as well as improved recreational opportunities for fisherman and boaters. Mayor Collette said, “This will allow our boat landings to continue to operate and provide boaters with lake access during periodic lake drawdowns required for the continued fight to eradicate the hydrilla plant which has been plaguing Lake Henderson for years. Controlling the hydrilla through drawdowns is the most effective way to deal with this problem.”
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