TAKE ACTION NOW – COMMENTS DUE SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017
Louisiana’s coast is in crisis mode: we lose a football field of land every single hour. That’s nearly 2000 square miles in the last 85 years (roughly the size of Delaware)! While we don’t know exactly what the future holds, we do know it includes another 2,000 (or more) square miles of land lost over the next 50 years if nothing is done. We know we must act NOW. This crisis is affecting not only the people that live in this state, but also the wildlife that depend on these ecosystems for survival. We’re losing our Sportsman’s Paradise.
Healthy wetlands protect communities and industries by serving as a buffer against storm surge. Healthy wetlands also provide vital fish and wildlife habitat. Large-scale projects like sediment diversions supply river sediment and nutrients that have built Louisiana’s delta for thousands of years. It’s time to reconnect the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers and allow them to once again build and maintain our land.
The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) lays out a plan for reducing flood risk and building and maintaining land to protect the people, wildlife, and industries of Louisiana. Its draft 2017 Coastal Master Plan has been released and includes the kinds of large-scale projects needed to address Louisiana’s signifcant land loss crisis. However, for this plan to turn into reality, it needs approval by the Louisiana legislature.
Right now, CPRA is taking public comments before it finalizes its 2017 Coastal Master Plan to present to the legislature in April. This is where you come in. Your voice matters. Show your support for this plan and for large-scale projects like sediment diversions.
The Mississippi River is what built our beautiful Sportsman’s Paradise and it’s what will save it for future generations of sportsmen and women to enjoy for years to come. We must put our river back to work!
Public comments are due Sunday, March 26, 2017. Tell CPRA to continue prioritizing sediment diversions in its Coastal Master Plan.