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Federal money sought for Leesville restoration work

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LEESVILLE, La. (AP) - A coastal restoration project aimed at an area of south Lafourche outside the levees is seeking federal support.

The Courier reports the East Leesville Marsh Restoration and Nourishment Project is one of several local projects vying for federal money this year through the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act.

It would be the first restoration project aimed at the tiny fishing and oilfield hub in the wetland.

The shrinking sliver of land that is today's Leesville sits about 10 miles south of the parish's ring levees. Flooding has become more frequent through the years.

Don Griffin, owner of Griffin's Marina in Leesville, says natural forces and industrial canals hastened the erosion of surrounding marshes.

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