During the past 50 years, coastal Louisiana has suffered catastrophic land loss due to both natural and human causes. This loss has increased storm vulnerability and amplified risks to lives, property, and economies--a fact underscored by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Drawing Louisiana's New Map reviews a restoration plan proposed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the State of Louisiana, finding that, although the individual projects in the study are scientifically sound, there should be more and larger scale projects that provide a comprehensive approach to addressing land loss over such a large area. More importantly, the study should be guided by a detailed map of the expected future landscape of coastal Louisiana that is developed from agreed upon goals for the region and the nation.
Table of Contents
|2 The Historic and Existing Louisiana Coastal Systems||29-42|
|3 Conflicts and Limitations to Achieving Goals||43-62|
|4 Plans and Efforts at Restoring Coastal Louisiana||63-86|
|5 The LCA Study Planning Approach, Modeling, and Project Selection Process||87-114|
|6 The LCA Study and the Feasibility of Its Components||115-144|
|7 Critical Knowledge Gaps||145-160|
|8 Findings and Recommendations||161-176|
|Appendix A Committee and Staff Biographies||185-188|
|Appendix B Acronyms and Abbreviations||189-190|
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