The Impact of Louisiana’s Coast

by Sarah Patterson

Chuck Perrodin is the public information director of for the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, or CPRA. He spreads information about the vanishing Louisiana coast line and what we can do to stop it.

Louisiana coastlines is disappearing and has been since the levees were built in the 1927. 1,900 square miles of coastal line have been lost.

Perrodin put this into perspective by taking the amount of land lost from the coast and comparing it to inland Louisiana. St Charles Parish, St John the Baptist Parish, St James Parish, Ascension Parish, East Baton Rouge Parish and East Feliciana Parish would all be along if they were along the coast.

Perrodin then moved to national scale and explained why Louisiana’s land loss matters to the rest of the United States. Louisiana is number one of domestic oil in the United States, number two in natural gas, and Louisiana contribute $5 billion annually to the U.S. Treasury. Louisiana is the number one producer of blue crabs, crawfish, and shrimp, and number two producer in oysters. Louisiana has the top tonnage port in that nation, in other words that port carries the most weight of cargo. Over 30 states depend upon Louisiana ports for imports and exports. If Louisiana’s coast keeps disappearing, not only will the residence of Louisiana suffer but so will the nation.

The Master Plan has solutions that will stop land loss and will begin to create new land within 30 years.

The CPRA discovered solutions like Sediment diversions and barrier island build up to create. Barrier Islands such as Pelican Island and Shell Island have already been built up.  The CPRA has already taken action by improving 160 miles of levees and has received 17 billion in State and Federal funding toward protection and restoration.

CPRA logo

Chuck Perrodin is continuing to spread knowledge about the Mississippi River delta and how it is affecting Louisiana and the Nation. But most importantly, he wants to share that we need to take as much action as possible and as soon as possible.

For more information on the Louisiana coast line and the CPRA, visit the CPRA website by clicking the logo.

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