Coastal Latest & Greatest: $1 Billion, 3 Ways to Restore the Coast

02.23.2018 | In Latest News
By Emily Falgoust, Communications Associate, Restore the Mississippi River Delta, National Audubon Society

A weekly round-up of what’s new in Louisiana coastal restoration

Every dollar spent brings us closer to a sustainable coast to protect our communities, jobs and way of life. Here are the dollars that matter from this week:


1) $488 million. Mark Schleifstein’s Times-Picayune article, “Canadian firm chosen to design Mid-Breton sediment diversion,” speaks to the progress being made on this land-building sediment diversion. “The state's 2017 coastal master plan update predicts the diversion would build nearly 83 square miles of new land during its first 50 years of operation,” Schleifstein writes.

For more information on the Mid-Breton sediment diversion, and other restoration projects, click on our Priority Projects map below.


2) $566 million. “$566M recommended for coastal restoration, hurricane protection in fiscal year 2019,” another recent article by Mark Schleifstein in the Times-Picayune, outlines where this money is projected to come from, and which projects it will fund.

These projects are open to public comments until April 9. Check out Schleifstein’s article for info on how make your voice heard!


3) $33.5 million. Holly Duchmann’s Houma Courier article, “Coastal restoration project advances in Lafourche,” takes a look at the next component of the Caminada Headland restoration project—the largest restoration project completed in Louisiana. This next portion of the project, writes Duchmann, “is expected to create about 210 acres of marsh and nourish an additional 175 acres.”

  • Caminada headlands beach and dune restoration. Credit: CPRA.


ICYMI) Free. Grab a cup of coffee and read “At the Mouth of the Mississippi, a Weird and Fragile Beauty”—a beautiful story by Jennifer Moses in The New York Times about Plaquemines Parish. Moses writes, “If New Orleans is an aging beauty queen drunk on the fumes of her glorious past, Plaquemines Parish, to the southeast, is plain old sloshed — not to mention saturated, striated, slivered and surrounded by water.”