Coastal Restoration: Louisiana's Saving Grace

by Diana Lee Steller, Louisiana Department of Natural, Resources, Baton Rouge, United States,
Bill Good, Louisiana Department of Natural, Resources, Baton Rouge, United States,
Carrol Clark, Louisiana Department of Natural, Resources, Baton Rouge, United States,
Kenneth Bahlinger, Louisiana Department of Natural, Resources, Baton Rouge, United States,
John Rasi, Louisiana Department of Natural, Resources, Baton Rouge, United States,
Greg Steyer, Louisiana Department of Natural, Resources, Baton Rouge, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93

Abstract: Louisiana loses an estimated sixty-five square kilometers of coastal wetlands per year. In response to this loss, the Coastal Restoration Division of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources was mandated by Act 6 of the Second Extraordinary Session of the Louisiana Legislature (R.S. 49:213 & 214) to conserve, create, restore, and enhance the vegetated wetlands of Louisiana. Additionally, federal legislation (Public Law 101-646) has added needed financial support to the fight against coastal wetland loss. As of June 1, 1992, 48 restoration projects have been constructed and many more are in the planning stages. An overview of the programs initiated by these two pieces of legislation is presented.

Subject Headings: Wetlands (coastal) | Coastal environment | Ecological restoration | Legislation | Natural resources | Vegetation | Laws | Federal government | North America | Louisiana | United States

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