The state of Louisiana took two major steps toward restoring its coast and securing its future. The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority’s (CRPA) Board met in Baton Rouge and accepted the recommendations of the CPRA staff to move forward on two sediment diversions—Mid-Barataria and Mid-Breton. The Board, also decided against diverting funds from coastal restoration to elevate Louisiana Highway 1 (LA 1).
Following today’s votes by the CPRA Board, Kimberly Davis Reyher, Executive Director of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) released this statement:
Statement on Sediment Diversions
“Today is a bell weather day in our state’s history when we decided to harness the power of the Mississippi river to protect – rather than threaten – New Orleans and the rest of our state. Today, our leaders changed the course of public policy. The question is no longer whether we should divert the river to save and rebuild our dying wetlands, but how we should do it. “
Statement on LA 1
“We commend the CPRA today for its decision not to divert funding intended for coastal restoration and protection to an infrastructure project. The decision honors the underlying scientific rigor of the state master plan and demonstrates our state’s commitment to restoring our coast.”