New plan to protect Louisiana’s coast begins months-long path to legislative approval

Published: Jan. 18, 2023

By: Claire Sullivan, LSU Manship School News Service

Neptune Pass, where the Mississippi River has cut a new channel through its east bank in Plaquemines Parish, LA(John Snell | WVUE)

BATON ROGUE, La. (LSU Manship School News Service) – Could the Louisiana of 2073 face less flood risk from hurricanes than it does today?

According to Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority officials, the answer could be “yes,” if their latest coastal master plan, released as a draft earlier this month, is fully implemented and predictions for more moderate environmental conditions prevail.

Officials brought the $50-billion draft plan to protect the coast before the authority’s board Wednesday, Jan. 18, in a pit stop in its months-long journey to approval from the Legislature, during which the plan will undergo public comment and revisions.

The coastal master plan is updated by the authority every six years, as required by state law. It lays out the 50-year future for Louisiana’s coast in terms of coastal land loss and flood risk–with and without its implementation.

Read more at KALB

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