|Passage of 2017 Coastal Master Plan Means Blueprint in Place for Restoration|
Sediment diversions remain cornerstone of Master Plan
Baton Rouge, LA—June 2, 2017) Today, the Louisiana House of Representatives approved, SCR1, a resolution approving the 2017 Coastal Master Plan. With this vote, the third iteration of the State’s Coastal Master Plan has been approved by both chambers of the Louisiana State Legislature and can begin to be implemented.
Kimberly Davis Reyher, Executive Director of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) released the following statement upon passage of the 2017 Coastal Master Plan:
“The passage of the 2017 Coastal Master Plan proves that saving coastal Louisiana from our ongoing land loss crisis isn’t a partisan issue. We applaud our lawmakers for having the foresight to move forward with the plan because it serves as the blueprint for ensuring that our culture, industry, economy and way of life can flourish now and in the future.
“The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority has done a lot of hard work to craft a plan that gives us a roadmap of restoration and protection that incorporates science with public input. But just having a plan isn't enough. Now we must implement it. Otherwise, Louisiana will continue to wash into the Gulf forcing communities to retreat and livelihoods to be lost.
“The cornerstone of the master plan is sediment diversions that harness the power of the Mississippi River to rebuild land by constructing diversions to release water and sediment into our disappearing wetlands.
“CRCL has been calling for sediment diversions since 1989 when we released our report ‘Here today and Gone Tomorrow?’ We are now within years of constructing of the first such project, the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion, which may very well be the most important environmental construction project in the history of our country. It has taken more than a quarter century to get to this point, due to many factors, not the least of which is the enormity of the challenge. We can’t wait any longer.
“The passage of the 2017 Coastal Master Plan sets us on a course of ambitious implementation. This third iteration of the master plan continues to build on the best available science to ensure that Louisiana can leverage available funds to make wise, urgent choices that will build land, slow erosion, buffer our coast against storms and protect infrastructure.”
Founded in 1988, The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is the longest standing statewide organization driving bold drive bold, science-based action to rebuild Coastal Louisiana through outreach, restoration and advocacy. With the support of members and volunteers, CRCL advocates for strong coastal policies and implements restoration projects across coastal Louisiana. Visit crcl.org.