Our Views: Community plans for the coast

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Advocate Editorial

In talking about the devastating impact of coastal erosion and rising sea levels, many of us in Louisiana are so used to the big numbers — 10,000 acres falling into the Gulf of Mexico every year, billions of dollars for restoration and protection — that it is easy to forget that our coastal parishes are the places where the threat is most urgent.

And however big the numbers are Gulf-wide, it is in those parishes and their towns and villages that we need to focus on plans for the future of specific communities.

With state support and that of national foundations, a six-parish pilot project is calling together residents of the most-affected areas to plan for their futures, to help guide future development and assess the risks for their particular regions.

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