Feedback welcomed on Elmer’s Island airport proposal

Feedback welcomed on Elmer’s Island airport proposal
The state of Louisiana has spent millions of dollars turning a sandy island in south Jefferson Parish into one of the Gulf Coast’s foremost refuges for birds and other wildlife. Now state leaders hope to do what conservationists say is unthinkable – pave over part of Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge to build a commercial airport servicing small jets and private planes. (Source:

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -Anyone can weigh in Thursday on a proposal for an airport on Elmer’s Island.

Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet signed an agreement in August to begin planning construction.

The area is an important bird-nesting site and rest stop for migratory birds.

Conservation groups criticized the idea of building an airport in a protected wildlife habitat.

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