Creating a sustainable future for the people, wildlife and industries of south Louisiana will require all the tools in the toolbox. Louisiana’s land loss crisis is not caused by any one single factor, but rather by a variety of complex man-made and natural causes that have contributed to the coastline’s depletion.
Because there’s no one cause, there’s no one solution. Instead, we need a variety of restoration projects, working together, to rebuild land that has been lost and to sustain new land into the future.
Variety of Solutions
Robust, large-scale restoration projects, along with coastal protection and community resiliency measures, are our best solutions for reducing land loss, protecting our communities and cities, and ensuring a sustainable future for generations to come.
Restoration of a healthy, productive Mississippi River Delta requires a variety of restoration solutions. These include:
- Reconnecting the river to its delta through land-building sediment diversions
- Strategic use of dredged sediments to build and sustain wetlands and barrier islands
- Improved management of the Mississippi River
- Adopting community resilience measures, such as home elevation.
Multiple Lines of Defense
Development of these principles is guided by the Multiple Lines of Defense Strategy (MLODS), which was adopted in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as a way to build resilience for communities and industries along the coast. The strategy coordinates coastal restoration, traditional flood protection as well as community resiliency measures such as evacuation, home elevation and more. Together, these solutions provide multiple levels of storm surge protection for cities, communities and businesses.
Many restoration projects are underway throughout coastal Louisiana, but many more are needed as part of a comprehensive vision for the delta’s future. Learn more about the various types of restoration projects and Restore the Mississippi River Delta’s near-term priority restoration projects.