Master Plan Receives Unanimous Approval >

Master Plan Receives Unanimous Approval

On May 22, 2012, the Louisiana Legislature unanimously approved the 2012 Coastal Master Plan, officially adopting the Master Plan as the blueprint for all coastal protection and restoration efforts in Louisiana… READ MORE.

Draft Plan Public Meetings >

Draft Plan Public Meetings

Over 750 people attended the January public meetings on the 2012 Coastal Master Plan. We would like to thank all of those who took the time to come and speak with us. Hearing citizens’ ideas firsthand is a crucial part of the plan’s development, and we sincerely appreciate the time that so many people gave to the […]

Louisiana’s Coastal Crisis >

Louisiana’s Coastal Crisis

  Louisiana is losing over 16 square miles of wetlands a year. To learn what’s contributing to the crisis and what we are doing about it, CLICK HERE.

Committed to Our Coast >

Committed to Our Coast

COASTAL TESTIMONIALS: Please take some time to explore our interactive testimonials map and learn more about why people are committed to our coast by CLICKING HERE.

The 2012 Master Plan is the Way Forward

A ground breaking planning effort by the state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority shows that while the future looks bleak, we have the opportunity to take bold action to save the coast and secure south Louisiana’s future.

The CPRA’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan is based on a two year analysis involving some of the state’s best scientists as well as national and international specialists. The state used this analysis to select 109 high performing projects that could deliver measurable benefits to our communities and coastal ecosystem over the coming decades. The plan shows that if these projects were fully funded, at a pricetag of $50 billion, we could substantially increase flood protection for communities and create a sustainable coast.

Louisiana is in the midst of a land loss crisis that has claimed 1,880 square miles of land since the 1930s. Given the importance of so many of south Louisiana’s natural assets—its waterways, natural resources, unique culture, and wetlands—this land loss crisis is nothing short of a national emergency, one that takes a daily toll on the lives of coastal residents. To address this crisis the Louisiana Legislature passed Act 8 in 2006, which created the CPRA and required it to develop a coastal master plan every five years. The first master plan was approved by the legislature in 2007. The 2012 master plan was submitted to the legislature for approval on March 26th and was unanimously approved by the legislature on May 22, 2012.