New Coastal Master Plan In The Works

HOUMA, LA (AP) — A new coastal master plan addressing sea level rise and sinking land is expected to be released January. The plan will take on the issues through a series of projects over the next five years.

         One-hundred fifty-five projects were submitted to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority for the 2017 plan by 42 sponsors. Fifty-two of those projects are being evaluated for the final plan.

         Assistant Administrator for Planning and Research Brian Lezina tells The Courier’s Emma Discher CPRA tries to plan 50 years ahead as land loss estimates climb every year.

         Since the original plan's creation in 2007, $18 billion have been spent on protection and restoration projects in 20 parishes, 256 miles of levees were improved, and 45 miles of barrier islands and banks were constructed.

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