Those of us living along the coast already know the harsh facts. Louisiana is losing 25 to 35 square miles of wetlands each year. If we don’t act soon, an area nearly the size of Rhode Island will be underwater by 2050.
That's why I've made coastal protection and restoration a priority.
Coastal erosion affects us all- from Shreveport to New Orleans. Our working coast is the backbone of our state’s economy, and our wetland loss could cost the nation $36.6 billion from lost public use value over the next 50 years.* Our wetlands also act as a buffer to storm surge and play an important role in reducing flooding during hurricanes.
I sponsored the legislation that approves the 2013-2014 annual plan for integrated coastal protection and restoration. After considerable public input, the plan was approved by the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) Board in March and submitted to the Legislature April 22, 2013.
This First Annual Plan reflects the priorities of the 2012 Coastal Master Plan, and it includes more construction for restoration than we have ever seen before. Approximately 117 projects represent a $767 million investment in our coast for FY 2014 alone.
Join me in the fight to save our coast.