From Planning to Construction in Coastal Louisiana (With a Cast of Thousands)

by Suzanne R. Hawes, CELMN-PD-A, New Orleans, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastlines of the Gulf of Mexico


In light of the 25 square mile loss of coastal wetlands in Louisiana, the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act mandates that a interagency Task Force develop a comprehensive Restoration Plan by November 1993. This is an unprecedented, multi-faceted effort involving five Federal agencies and the State of Louisiana. At the same time as the Restoration Plan is being prepared, Priority Lists of projects must be submitted to Congress each year and constructed as quickly as possible. This paper describes the process of developing the first two Priority Lists and the beginning of planning for the Restoration Plan, using the Pontchartrain Basin as an example of the latter.

Subject Headings: Wetlands (coastal) | Ecological restoration | Coastal management | Coastal processes | Federal government | Construction management | Basins | Louisiana | United States

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