About 1,900 square miles of land has been lost along the Louisiana coast since the 1930s. If nothing is done, the state could lose another 2,250 square miles over the next 50 years. Thankfully, there’s a plan.
The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) has released the draft update to Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast (Master Plan).
The Master Plan is updated every 5 years and is designed to guide the state’s response efforts to our coastal land loss crisis.
$50 billion worth of projects and activities are recommended to protect and restore Louisiana’s coast which has been suffering from the effects of land loss and sea level rise. Proposed activities in the plan will build and maintain land while reducing flood risk for coastal and inland communities.
The $50 Billion plan includes:
- $18 billion in marsh creation projects
- $5 billion dedicated to sediment diversions
- $2 billion for other restoration activities
- $19 billion for structural risk reduction
- $6 billion for nonstructural risk reduction
Though our risks are certain to increase in the future, risk reduction projects are estimated to reduce expected storm surge damage by 75% to over 90% in coastal communities.
Future land loss projections of a future without action are dire, to say the least. It’s clear that large-scale projects are needed to protect our coast and the communities, wildlife, and industries that depend on it.
Much is at stake but the good news is much is also being done. The 2017 Master Plan is our blueprint for success.
Public comments will be accepted until March 26, 2017.
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