LOUISIANA'S 2012 COASTAL MASTER PLAN
Making realistic, on the ground progress toward restoring coastal habitats and protecting communities—demonstrating our commitment to the coast—is at the heart of the 2012 Coastal Master Plan. The plan was developed by taking a look 50 years into south Louisiana’s future and building world class science and engineering expertise into understanding what we could achieve. The plan presents the best use of dollars based on what we know today—the first time the state has identified specific large scale actions for our coast.
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About Louisiana’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan
The CPRA’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan is based on a two year analysis involving some of the state’s best scientists as well as national and international specialists. The state used this analysis to select 109 high performing projects that could deliver measurable benefits to our communities and coastal ecosystem over the coming decades. The plan shows that if these projects were fully funded, at a price tag of $50 billion, we could substantially increase flood protection for communities and create a sustainable coast.
Louisiana is in the midst of a land loss crisis that has claimed 1,880 square miles of land since the 1930s. Given the importance of so many of south Louisiana’s natural assets—its waterways, natural resources, unique culture, and wetlands—this land loss crisis is nothing short of a national emergency, one that takes a daily toll on the lives of coastal residents. To address this crisis the Louisiana Legislature passed Act 8 in 2006, which created the CPRA and required it to develop a coastal master plan every five years. The first master plan was approved by the legislature in 2007. The new master plan was submitted to the Louisiana Legislature for approval on March 26, 2012.
For more information on the 2012 Coastal Master Plan, please visit http://www.coastalmasterplan.la.gov.