Belle Terre Streetscape and Stormwater Enhancements
The Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf States Act (RESOTRE Act) was signed into law on July 6, 2012 to aid in mitigation of economic and environmental damages caused by the Deepwater Horizon spill. The RESTORE Act dedicates 80% of all administrative and civil penalties related to the spill to a Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund and outlines a structure by which the funds can be utilized to restore and protect the natural resources, ecosystems, fisheries, marine and wildlife habitats, beaches, coastal wetlands, and economy of the Gulf Coast region.
St. John the Baptist Parish proposes utilizing these funds for the design of the Belle Terre Blvd. Streetscape and Stormwater Enhancements project. This project will feature green infrastructure installations designed to alleviate flooding and replenish groundwater, in addition to streetscape improvements to enhance livability and quality of life. These funds were previously earmarked for a breakwater project on the Lake Pontchartrain shoreline; the breakwater project will continue under GOMESA funds that are available to be used for coastal conservation and protection.
A full description of the plan can be found here.
Proposed renderings of the project can be found here.
A funding matrix of the project can be found here.