Louisiana's Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast - Integrated Ecosystem Restoration and Hurricane Protection

The 2007 Comprehensive Master Plan establishes priorities for coastal protection in Louisiana, presenting a series of recommended hurricane protection and coastal restoration measures. Maps and explanations of the measures, as well as a management strategy for implementing them are also provided. While emphasizing sustainability of ecosystems, flood protection, and communities, this plan proposes integrated flood control projects and coastal restoration initiatives for the long-term sustainability of  both human and natural communities.

The state has published the 2012 Master Plan update, and information regarding the new report is available in this clearinghouse as well.

Because of the devastation of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, in December 2005 the Louisiana Legislature restructured the State's Wetland Conservation and Restoration Authority to form the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA). Act 8 of the First Extraordinary Session of 2005 expanded the membership, duties and responsibilities of the CPRA and charged the new Authority to develop and implement a comprehensive coastal protection plan, including both a master plan and annual plans. As charged by Act 8, the CPRA established an Integrated Planning Team (IPT) to jointly coordinate development of the master plan with state and federal agencies, as well as political subdivisions (including levee districts). The IPT consisted of senior staff from the Dept. of Natural Resources and Dept. of Transportation and Development. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, has also assigned a senior staff person to the team as a liaison.

Utilizing extensive existing work as well as input from a wide variety of stakeholders, the Integrated Planning Team formulated an overall master plan and annual plan that portray a sustainable vision of comprehensive coastal protection integrating hurricane protection and coastal restoration. The master plan addresses these coastal protection efforts from both short-term and long-range perspectives, while incorporating structural, management, and institutional components of both efforts.




Publication Date: 2007

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