With a flurry of last minute discussions among members of our campaign, America’s Wetland Foundation, the LA-1 Coalition, and the CPRA Board – we were able to come to an agreement that replaced the original draft resolution that would have diverted coastal restoration money to LA-1, with a resolution directing CPRA staff to develop a prioritization process for coastal infrastructure projects that could spend up to 10% of available funds under the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA). GOMESA has already authorized such spending up to 10%, and this is an appropriate use of those dollars.
In other words – working together we found a solution that protects coastal funding, and appropriately addresses coastal infrastructure needs, including LA-1. That would not have happened without a huge outpouring of support for the protection of coastal funding. Thanks very much to everyone who voiced support or helped on this in any way! It made a huge difference.
Coupled with CPRA’s formal recommendation today that the state move forward on two major sediment diversions – using the natural force of the river to begin restoring land along our coast – this was a great day for Louisiana, and for all of us who are working to #RestoreTheCoast!
See our full statement here.