Cottonport company to build dike along Shell Beach

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Associated Press

Posted on March 20, 2012 at 7:31 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 20 at 7:31 AM

COTTONPORT, La. (AP) — A Cottonport construction company has won a $7.1 million contract to build a stone dike to protect several miles the Lake Borgne (BORN) shoreline near Shell Beach in St. Bernard Parish.

The Army Corps of Engineers says it will run parallel to the shore for nearly three miles in an area where wind and waves are eroding about four feet of shoreline a year, breaching wetlands including marshes and shallow ponds.

The contract was awarded to Tarpan (TAR-puhn) Construction LLC. Owner Trudy Poret (poh-RAY) says it will be visible above the water at all tide levels.

Poret says that once the Corps gives notice to proceed, her company has 260 days to build the dike.

The Corps says that over 50 years, it should save 90 acres of wetlands.

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