Jesuit Bend Wetland Mitigation Bank

Jesuit Bend

The proposed Jesuit Bend Mitigation Bank is an RS-owned, 338-acre former marsh and cypress-tupelo swamp that has converted to open water over the last century. Restoration Systems and our financial partner and dredging contractor, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, have implemented a Phase One project that will restore 247.4 acres from open water to fresh-to-intermediate marsh through re-establishment, enhancement, and rehabilitation of like-kind resources. When approved, the Plaquemines Parish bank will provide mitigation credits for marsh impacts across the entire Deltaic Plain of Coastal Louisiana.

In order to restore the open water to marsh the project will utilize sediments from the Mississippi River, just as called for in the 2012 Louisiana Coastal Master Plan, and as nature was once did before the river was tamed by levees.

1.32 million cubic yards of material will be dredged from 90 feet below the river and pumped nearly five miles to the open water project footprint. After exiting the dredge pipe the rich river sediments will be manipulated by heavy equipment to achieve the precise elevations required by regulatory agencies to ensure project success.

If the dredged river sand were stacked on a football field — it would be taller than the Washington Monument. But the result will be much more flat. When planted with native species of marsh grass, the verdant new land will be over seven city blocks.

The habitat restoration credit will be monitored over a 7 year period, under Long Term management for 50 years, and protected forever by a Conservation Servitude held by the Mississippi River Trust.

Contact Worth Creech for 2016 credit reservations.