The future of some Louisiana coastal communities would be in doubt under proposals produced as part of an environmental design competition under consideration by the state.
The state has lost nearly 1,900 square miles of coast since the 1930s due to a variety of factors, including building levees that interrupted the land-building processes of the Mississippi River and allowing oil and gas drilling to take place in wetlands.
One of the more common suggestions was already approved by the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Board at its Oct. 21 meeting. But local wetlands advocates say the reports are idealistic environmental studies unencumbered by political pitfalls or financial restrictions that are meant to guide, but not direct, decisions by the state's coastal restoration board.
Still, with billions expected to be spent on restoration and protection projects within the next decade, local and state officials are advising coastal communities and river industries to pay attention.Read More...