Communities and Livelihoods at Risk
Every day Louisiana citizens are affected by this catastrophe in ways small and large. Whether it is families that must leave cherished communities to move out of harm’s way, local businesses that have trouble obtaining insurance, or investments that lose value because of uncertainty about the future of our landscape, Louisiana’s land loss disaster takes a heavy toll.
What Continued Land Loss Means
Land loss in Louisiana is caused by many different factors, both natural and man made. Levess and floodgates on the Mississippi River have successfully provided national flood control and economic benefits. But these forms of river management have also channeled the Mississippi River and its tributaries into the Gulf of Mexico, depriving the coastal ecosystem of the fresh water and sediment it needs to survive. Dredging canals for oil and gas exploration and pipelines provided our nation with critical energy supplies, but these activities also took a toll on the landscape, weakening marshes and allowing salt water to spread higher into coastal basins. Sea level rise, subsidence, storms, and invasive species add further stress.
To learn more about Louisiana’s coastal crisis, visit the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority homepage by clicking here.
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