The federal government plans to spend $30 million to help restore a barrier headland that helps protect Port Fourchon, a major oil and natural gas port.

The money will be spent on the Cheniere Caminada headland as part of ongoing coastal restoration work under the Coastal Wetland Planning, Protection and Restoration Act. The money comes out the Commerce Department's budget.

Crews will use about 3 million cubic yards of dredged sand and material to build about 9,300 feet of beach and dune and 150 acres of marsh habitat.

The Commerce Department says the work will take place just west of Belle Pass on the edge of Timbalier Bay where as many as 50 feet a year of shoreline erode a year, some of the highest rates of shoreline retreat in the nation.

Construction is set to begin later this year.