Prior to 2005, Louisiana’s coastal protection and restoration efforts were handled by several local and state governmental entities with limited budgets and little to no coordination. As a result of the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the federal government agreed to provide financial support and expertise to help address Louisiana’s coastal crisis. For this assistance, the federal government requested there be one central authority that would represent the state and be accountable for oversight of all activities and funds. This authority would also have a coordinated plan of action with clear goals and achievable objectives. 

Louisiana responded to this request by creating the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA). The CPRA is the single state entity with the authority to develop, articulate, implement, and enforce a comprehensive Louisiana Coastal Master Plan. This plan would use the best available science to reduce tropical storm surge flood impact (note: not from rainfall), restore our natural resources, build land, and secure Louisiana’s coast now and for future generations. In addition to the Coastal Master Plan, the CPRA is also responsible for producing an Annual Plan for legislative approval detailing which projects from the master plan are expected to be funded in each fiscal year.

The CPRA board must approve a final version of both the Coastal Master Plan (updated every six years) and the Annual Plan (updated every year) before submitting it for final approval by the Louisiana Legislature. (See Chapters 3 and 4 for more details on these plans.) 

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The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Board members serve at the pleasure of the Governor and represent various agencies and geographic areas in the pursuit of coordinated coastal restoration activities.

Duties of the CPRA Board:

The CPRA Board includes the:


To see the current representatives on the CPRA Board, visit


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