Candidate Projects

Since the mid-1990s, experts, citizens, and documents such as the Coast 2050 Report and the Louisiana Coastal Area Study have stressed the need to use a comprehensive approach, one that accounts for the needs of Louisiana’s entire coastal system. The 2007 Master Plan took this idea a step further and, for the first time, presented projects that integrated protection and restoration. We used the results of all of these efforts as we developed the Master Plan.

Developing a Comprehensive Project List

As a first step, we compiled a list of approximately 1,500 restoration and protection projects, most of which were derived from ideas presented in earlier plans (see list of sources below). Some projects would change the landscape on a massive scale and may have to be built in stages. Other projects are smaller and could be built more quickly.

  • Coast 2050
  • A Plan to Sustain Coastal Louisiana Using the Multiple Lines of Defense Strategy
  • Comprehensive Habitat Management Plan For The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
  • Mississippi River Sediment, Nutrient, and Freshwater Redistribution Study
  • Coastal Wetland Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act Projects Approved for Funding
  • Coastal Impact Assistance Program Tier II Projects
  • Parish Master Plans (St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, Terrebonne, St. Mary, Vermilion)
  • Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan
  • Third Delta Phase II Study
  • Louisiana Coastal Area Comprehensive Study
  • Mississippi River Gulf Outlet Ecosystem Restoration Study
  • Southwest Coastal Louisiana Feasibility Study
  • Coastal Sustainability Studio Concepts
  • Envisioning the Future of the Gulf Coast
  • A Dutch Perspective on Coastal Louisiana Flood Risk Reduction and Landscape Stabilization
  • 2007 Coastal Master Plan
  • Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Final Technical Report

Paring Down the List

In order to ensure an efficient and effective analysis, the list was pared down through the following steps:

  • Eliminate duplicate projects.
  • Combine groups of small projects into larger projects, when appropriate.
  • Remove projects that were not large enough for the Master Plan models to reasonably evaluate.
  • Remove projects that did not include enough specific information to be adequately evaluated using our models

Through this process, the original list of approximately 1,500 restoration and protection projects was then pared down to a list of approximately 400 projects.

For more information on the projects being evaluated for inclusion in Louisiana’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan, CLICK HERE.

To request GIS files of the candidate projects, please email