A flowchart of the 2017 Coastal Master Plan process.

The Louisiana Legislature has released its 2017 update to the Coastal Master Plan for coastal restoration and hurricane protection. This revised version of the previous 2012 plan provides a newly-modeled land-loss estimate for Louisiana’s coast under current conditions up through 2067, as well as a projected map of potential storm-surge flood plains in the event of a “100-year storm”, which might push floodwater above 15 feet on the east bank.

The list and priority level of the Master Plan’s restoration projects has also been reshuffled, with programs added, dropped, and shifted ahead in the construction pipeline. Louisiana’s aim with these projects is to reduce economic loss, strengthen a sustainable ecosystem, restore natural river cycles, and support coastal business and culture.

"Simply put, I didn't become governor to watch south Louisiana wash away," [Gov. John Bel Edwards] told attendees at a June gathering of scientists, activists and public officials working on restoration. "We've only got a short amount of time to get this right. We're going to do that. We're going to rise to the challenge. We're going to be successful."

The 2012 Master Plan predicted no net land loss by 2035, but as of 2017 a no-net-loss situation is not anticipated within the next 50 years.
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