The Coastal Master Plan: A Blueprint for the Delta's Future
Today, the Louisiana Legislature unanimously approved the 2012 Coastal Master Plan, a 50-year, science-based vision for restoring the rapidly disappearing coastal wetlands around the Mississippi River Delta.
“The 2012 Coastal Master Plan illustrates the type of bold, decisive action needed to build a more secure future for the fish, waterfowl and other wildlife of the great Mississippi River Delta,” said Land Tawney, National Wildlife Federation’s senior manager for sportsman leadership.
The plan would create or restore up to 800 square miles of coastal marshes while reducing damage from flooding and hurricanes by up to $18 billion annually. These estimates depend on all 109 projects in the plan being constructed over the 50-year planning period.
“As we applaud the state Legislature for its leadership and commitment to restoration, we must also now begin the difficult task of funding critical elements of the plan,” Tawney continued. “The $50 billion necessary to achieve the state’s vision of restoration is far from guaranteed, but it is vital for securing our future. Louisiana is unified in addressing the coastal issues moving forward, and sportsmen and women from across the country are now calling on Congress to pass the RESTORE Act, so that we can work toward not just recovery from the oil spill but also long-term coastal resiliency.”
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