By TRAVIS LUX • APR 20, 2018
The state announced plans Friday to fund 10 projects that will address problems created by flooding and land loss in six coastal parishes.
Louisiana’s main way of fighting land loss and flooding is with the Coastal Master Plan — a $50 billion blueprint for building levees, and restoring marshes and barrier islands. The Master Plan’s projects and priorities are based on science and modeling.
But the state has acknowledged that these projects can’t save all the land. And the places that remain will be different. Some parishes, for example, will lose population. Others will grow. And there’s going to be a lot more flooding due to subsidence and sea level rise. So they started another program, Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments (LA SAFE), to focus on those concerns. It’s based in the state’s Office of Community Development and funded through a federal grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).