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Louisiana House committee approves $725 million budget for 2015 coastal plan, over protests from St. Bernard, Plaquemines

April 15, 2014

A Louisiana legislative committee Monday approved $725 million for a fiscal year 2015 coastal plan that includes $477 million for constructions of levees and coastal restoration projects. The vote came over the objections of officials and fishing community representatives from St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes, who want to block state efforts to build sediment and freshwater diversions they contend will disrupt commercial and recreational fisheries.