BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Organizers of a new coastal restoration project hope to show how these kind of projects can be done swiftly and somewhat cheaply through private investment, rather than solely depending on government to lead the way.

A demonstration project to reinforce a small portion of shoreline in Lafourche Parish next year also will help identify stumbling blocks to attracting private financing and show that it has real possibilities in the coastal restoration game.

It's part of a larger effort by the America's Wetland Foundation to work on ways to get private money invested in coastal restoration work, especially in areas that don't top the priority lists in state or federal plans.

Val Marmillion, America's Wetland Foundation's managing director, tells The Advocate ( they want to see more restoration, and want it quickly.