ABOUT THIS PROJECT
A four-month coastal restoration initiative, the Shell Island East project was designed to restore the integrity of the barrier island’s existing shoreline. GLDD reconstructed the 2.8-mile-long Shell Island by adding 2.5 million cubic yards of sand to rebuild 250 acres of lost habitat. Shell Island successfully utilized high-quality sand from renewable sources in the Mississippi River. This project restored an eroded barrier island that acts as a buffer against coastal erosion and helped to re-establish a productive habitat in Bastian Bay, Louisiana.