Boat dock before restoration activity.

In 2017, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance entered a partnership with the Pointe-au-Chien Tribe of coastal Louisiana. The Tribe wanted to implement actions that addressed their cultural and historical resilience.

Coordinating with the Louisiana Sea Grant and Lowlander Center, they identified a local boat launch and dock as a priority for improvements. Tribal members consider access to the water an essential component of their economic resilience.  They use the area during education and outreach activities.

Boat dock after restoration was complete.

The site needed updating. It had limited parking, a small dock area, an eroding shoreline, and numerous invasive species. Now complete, the updated site has safe and accessible parking, a large dock with tie-ups, and a stabilized shoreline. The invasive species are gone.

An unanticipated benefit of this resilience project occurred during the recent storms. Fishing boats used the area for safe harbor during Tropical Storm Cristobal in June and Hurricane Laura in August.

The key to making all of this happen is funding through the Alliance’s Gulf Star partnership. BHP’s support made this project a reality. Investments like BHP’s help support long-lasting community success stories like this one.

Boats using new dock area for safe harbor.