At a big news conference yesterday Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that the RESTORE Council has voted to approve $130 million in Deepwater Horizon dollars to fund the River Reintroduction into the Maurepas Swamp project. Administered by CPRA, the project will revitalize 45,000 acres of the Maurepas Swamp, the state’s second-largest coastal swamp forest, diverting freshwater, sediment, and nutrients from the Mississippi River into the swamp. CPRA Chairman Chip Kline said the state and its partners have completed eight construction projects using funds resulting from the 2010 oil spill, and have 41 more projects underway. Kline said that the entire Maurepas Swamp project will cost about $200 million. Like many other delta-area ecosystems, the Maurepas Swamp was once nourished by fresh Mississippi River water, but levees, which provide flood protection to our communities, have disconnected the river from its delta. The project will not disrupt traffic flow on I-10 or other roadways. To learn more about the River Reintroduction into the Maurepas Swamp project, visit coastal.la.gov/news/maurepas/.