USA: Louisiana Celebrates Success in Coastal Restoration
On April 30, 2014, the Coastal Wetlands Planning Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) Task Force held a dedication ceremony at ConocoPhillips in Houma, Louisiana. The ceremony celebrated the CWPPRA’s continued commitment to coastal restoration.
CWPPRA has been the backbone of coastal restoration efforts in Louisiana for the last 23 years and will continue to play a very important role as Louisiana moves forward in constructing more and larger ecosystem restoration projects with federal partners in the future.
The innovation and technology developed through the CWPPRA program and the lessons learned by putting these vital projects on the ground and observing how coastal marshes, lakes, bays and barrier islands respond is making it possible to design even larger projects so Louisiana can build upon the foundation laid over the past two decades.
CWPPRA recently marked the completion of its 100th project, the West Belle Pass Barrier Headland Restoration Project, constructed by Louisiana and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
“Since CWPPRA’s inception in 1991, the program has inspired a vision for the future potential of Louisiana’s coast,” said Buck Sutter, Director of NOAA’s Office of Habitat Conservation. “Together we will continue to provide leadership on the development of innovative, on-the-ground projects that provide valuable fisheries and wildlife habitat and help to protect Louisiana’s coastline.”
May 5, 2014