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  1. 1. Louisiana’s Vulnerable Coast Building a Resilient Future Leah Heher
  2. 2. Louisiana’s Coastal Timeline Fregonese, John. “Land Loss in Coastal Louisiana”. Web. 12 Nov. 2013.
  3. 3. How was Louisiana formed? “What's At Stake”. Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. Web. 12 Nov. 2013.
  4. 4. Why is land loss happening? What can we control? • Levying of the Mississippi River • Navigation channels and canals • Concentrated margin gravity slumping • Hurricanes Bourne, Joel. “Louisiana’s Vanishing Wetlands: Going, Going…” Science 289.5486 (2000): 1860-1863.Professional Development Collection. Web. 2 Oct. 2013. Morton, Robert A., John A. Barras. “Hurricane Impacts on Coastal Wetlands: A HalfCentury Record of Storm-Generated Features from Southern Louisiana.” Journal of
  5. 5. Complicating Factors • Policies & subsidies • NFIP issues • Coastal homeowner tax breaks Bagstad, Kenneth J., Kevin Stapleton, John R. D’Agostino. ”Taxes, subsidies, and insurance as drivers of United States coastal development." Ecological Economics 63
  6. 6. What is at risk? Annual Flood Costs Costs in billions $25 $20 $15 $10 $5 $0 2011 2061 “Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast.” Coastal Protection & Restoration
  7. 7. Who is at risk? Estimated Flood Depths in 50 years “Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast.” Coastal Protection & Restoration
  8. 8. Poverty and Flood Vulnerability "Poverty." Map. Geographies of Power. Greater New Orleans Community Data Center. Web. 12 Nov. 2013. <>. "Aug. 31, 2005." Map. Hurricane Katrina Flooding and Spill Maps. NOAA. Web. 13 Nov. 2013. <>.
  9. 9. Isle de Jean Charles Continental America’s first environmental refugees Leah Savoy “Leah Savoy: Isle de Jean Charles Coastal Land Loss”. Bridge the Gulf Project. Web. 12 Nov. 2013.
  10. 10. The Next Generation in New Orleans “No one I know is really concerned about it, at least not in my generation. No one who should be worried about it.” -Male, 23, New Orleans resident
  11. 11. Moving Forward “The irreversible outcomes that may occur when we cross critical ecological thresholds mean that we must be proactive in pushing our policies, not reactive.” Farley, Joshua, Daniel Baker, David Batker, Christopher Koliba, Richard Matteson, Russell Mills, and James Pittman. "Opening the Policy Window for Ecological Economics: Katrina as a Focusing Event." Ecological
  12. 12. Education “New tool educates on wetlands loss”. Web. 18 Nov. 2013. <
  13. 13. Changing Cost Perceptions “While built capital is typically limited solely by available human labor and construction materials, natural capital recovery may be limited by natural processes, some of which can not be enhanced by investment.” Gaddis, Erica Brown, Brian Miles, Stephanie Morse, Debby Lewis. “Full-cost accounting of coastal disasters in the United States: Implications for planning and preparedness." Ecological Economics
  14. 14. Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast • Flood Protection • Natural Processes • Coastal Habitats • Cultural Heritage • Working Coast “Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast.” Coastal Protection & Restoration
  15. 15. What projects are in the Master Plan? “Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast.” Coastal Protection & Restoration Act. 131-132. 2012. 2 Oct. 2013. “Frequently Asked Questions: 2012 Coastal Master Plan Overview”. Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. Web. 19
  16. 16. Louisiana’s Resilient Future Louisiana faces some real hurdles and major projects to move towards a resilient coast. But ask anyone who lives here, and they’ll agree it’s worth the effort.
  17. 17. Thank You!