Floating islands planned for Lake Pontchartrain

Jefferson Parish, in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency's Lake Pontchartrain Basin Restoration Program and the UNO Foundation, will join together to help protect an existing wetland area on the South Shore of Lake Pontchartrain.

Seventeen 5' x 20' floating breakwater vegetated islands will be installed that will run adjacent to an approximate 3.5 acre marsh area on the west side of the Bucktown Marina.

This project will be installed approximately 60-100 feet from the edge of the existing wetland and is designed to provide habitat and shoreline protection. Anchors will penetrate beneath the ground to secure the floating islands in place.

The island mats are made from non-toxic recycled PET plastic (Polyethylene Terephthalate commonly used in beverage bottles).

The mats, planted with native species, will grow a root system to the water bottom, trap sediments and grow toward and tie into the adjacent marsh. It will strengthen and flourish into a sustainable mass. It will also serve as a fish habitat.